Laschet calls on Germany's CDU to 'stand in the centre'

Armin Laschet, candidate to be chairman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU), called on the party to guard against further divisions in the country. “We must speak plainly, but not polarize,” Laschet told a digital party conference aimed at selecting the next party leader, who would then be in a good position to succeed Merkel as chancellor. The 59-year-old is premier of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. “We can only win when we stand in the centre,” said Laschet.

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