Polls boost Soeder’s claim as Merkel’s successor as decision looms
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The German conservatives’ battle over Angela Merkel’s successor as chancellor has reached a decisive stage with Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder’s bid to take over as head of Europe’s biggest economy boosted by polls released on Friday. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian-based Christian Social Union (CSU) allies have set a deadline of the end of this week to decide on who should head up their campaign as chancellor candidate at the September national election. On Friday evening, the two contenders – Soeder, who is also CSU party chief, and his rival CDU party president Armin L…

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