Merkel's CDU meets ahead of election-year leadership vote

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives on Friday launched a digital party conference the day before a key vote that could represent a first step towards selecting her successor. In an opening address, Merkel called for unity among party members and said she would like a team – as opposed to an individual – to take the party forward. “I hope a team will be elected that takes the fate of our proud people’s party into its own hands and then works with all members to find the right answers to the tasks of the future,” Merkel said. Her comments followed a speech by exiting Christian Democr…

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