Laschet given chance to seize German chancellorship in next elections
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Germany’s governing conservatives have chosen Armin Laschet to lead them into the next elections in September, putting him in prime position to succeed outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel. The choice ends a long and tortuous process for Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), to find a possible successor to Merkel, who has been in power for over 15 years. A consensus politician who is currently CDU leader and premier of the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Laschet secured the support of his own party in an overnight vote. Then on Tuesda…

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