Laschet: Miner's son, Merkel loyalist and Germany's next chancellor?

As premier of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany’s most-populous state and its industrial heartland, Armin Laschet already had a strong claim to the conservative Christian Democrat (CDU) party leadership. Now, after being elected party chief on Saturday, the 59-year-old Laschet hopes to lead the CDU and their Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) allies into the September national election as chancellor candidate. The son of a miner and a lawyer by training, Laschet is a Merkel loyalist, who has already indicated he plans to continue her legacy set firmly in the political centre. In the face of c…

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