Tension in Germany's conservatives over chancellor pick

Two centre-right candidates hoping to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel sought the support of their party lawmakers on Tuesday, with the governing conservative bloc under pressure to decide who should lead its charge in elections later this year. Armin Laschet from Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and Markus Soeder from the Christian Social Union (CSU) are colleagues in the CDU/CSU bloc, but also rivals for Merkel’s throne. The two parties traditionally field just one candidate to be their chancellor candidate in national elections, but this year they face a difficult choice. Laschet h…

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