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Pressure has been building on Angela Merkel's conservative alliance to select a candidate for Germany's general election later this year.Pressure has been building on Angela Merkel's conservative alliance to select a candidate for Germany's general election later this year.

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For the first time, the German Greens have announced a candidate to run in Germany's federal vote.For the first time, the German Greens have announced a candidate to run in Germany's federal vote.

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CSU chairman Markus Söder was long seen as a strong contender to replace Angela Merkel as a conservative chancellor. But after a power struggle with CDU head Armin Laschet, he stepped aside.CSU chairman Markus Söder was long seen as a strong contender to replace Angela Merkel as a conservative chancellor. But after a power struggle with CDU head Armin Laschet, he stepped aside.

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Germany's conservatives threw their weight on Tuesday behind Armin Laschet, a cautious centrist, as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in a September national election instead of his more popular Bavarian rival.Germany's conservatives threw their weight on Tuesday behind Armin Laschet, a cautious centrist, as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in a September national election instead of his more popular Bavarian rival.

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But it’s unclear whether the result will be enough to convince the Bavarian to stand down his campaign.But it’s unclear whether the result will be enough to convince the Bavarian to stand down his campaign.

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BERLIN (AP) — Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, emerged victorious Tuesday from a bruising power struggle and became the candidate of Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc to succeed the longtime chancellor in the country's September election. Laschet, 60, now faces another big battle: to connect with voters and win over frustrated fellow conservatives who backed his more popular rival, Markus Soeder. Their Union bloc was the last major political force to nominate a candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 parliamentary election. Merkel isn't seeking a fifth term after nearly 16 years in power. BERLIN (AP) — Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, emerged victorious Tuesday from a bruising power struggle and became the candidate of Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc to succeed the longtime chancellor in the country's September election. Laschet, 60, now faces another big battle: to connect with voters and win over frustrated fellow conservatives who backed his more popular rival, Markus Soeder. Their Union bloc was the last major political force to nominate a candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 parliamentary election. Merkel isn't seeking a fifth term after nearly 16 years in power.

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Germany’s center-right CDU/CSU Union will field CDU chairman Armin Laschet as its candidate for chancellorship at the upcoming general election. He was overwhelmingly supported by his party’s bosses.Germany’s center-right CDU/CSU Union will field CDU chairman Armin Laschet as its candidate for chancellorship at the upcoming general election. He was overwhelmingly supported by his party’s bosses.

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Laschet, the 60-year-old premier for North Rhine-Westphalia was picked over Markus Soder, the popular leader of Bavaria's Christian Social Union.Laschet, the 60-year-old premier for North Rhine-Westphalia was picked over Markus Soder, the popular leader of Bavaria's Christian Social Union.

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Angela Merkel's party early on Tuesday firmly backed Armin Laschet to be the conservative bloc's chancellor candidate at Germany's upcoming elections, hoping to draw a line under a bitter battle with…Angela Merkel's party early on Tuesday firmly backed Armin Laschet to be the conservative bloc's chancellor candidate at Germany's upcoming elections, hoping to draw a line under a bitter battle with…

Germany’s CDU backs Armin Laschet as Merkel's successor

CDU leader may radiate ‘jovial continuity’ but polls suggest many voters doubt his suitability to succeed Angela MerkelCDU leader may radiate ‘jovial continuity’ but polls suggest many voters doubt his suitability to succeed Angela Merkel

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Read more about Laschet gains upper hand in fight to succeed Angela Merkel in Germany on Business Standard. Laschet, the head of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, won the backing of 31 out of 46 members of his party's top committeeLaschet, the head of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, won the backing of 31 out of 46 members of his party's top committee

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Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc is headed for an open confrontation with the battle between two potential successors to be voted on by her caucus in the Bundestag on Tuesday.

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Two conservative leaders locked in battle for Angela Merkel's crown failed to reach a deal by their self-imposed deadline, pushing the chancellor's CDU-CSU alliance deeper into crisis months before elections.

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If the Greens can withstand the pressures of the campaign Baerbock could succeed Angela Merkel. If the Greens can withstand the pressures of the campaign Baerbock could succeed Angela Merkel. 

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Annalena Baerbock, the first Green candidate to have a significant shot at becoming chancellor, will run against Armin Laschet, head of Germany’s largest conservative party.Annalena Baerbock, the first Green candidate to have a significant shot at becoming chancellor, will run against Armin Laschet, head of Germany’s largest conservative party.

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BERLIN (AP) — Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, emerged victorious Tuesday from a bruising power struggle and became the candidate of Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc to succeed the longtime chancellor in the country's September election. Laschet, 60, now faces another big battle: to connect with voters and win over frustrated fellow conservatives who backed his more popular rival, Markus Soeder. Their Union bloc was the last major political force to nominate a candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 parliamentary election. Merkel isn't seeking a fifth term after nearly 16 years in power. BERLIN (AP) — Armin Laschet, the governor of Germany’s most populous state, emerged victorious Tuesday from a bruising power struggle and became the candidate of Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc to succeed the longtime chancellor in the country's September election. Laschet, 60, now faces another big battle: to connect with voters and win over frustrated fellow conservatives who backed his more popular rival, Markus Soeder. Their Union bloc was the last major political force to nominate a candidate for chancellor in the Sept. 26 parliamentary election. Merkel isn't seeking a fifth term after nearly 16 years in power.

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Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock says she would offer a “new start” and focus on investing in education, digital and green technologies as the party comes within five points of conservatives.Greens co-leader Annalena Baerbock says she would offer a “new start” and focus on investing in education, digital and green technologies as the party comes within five points of conservatives.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc is still awaiting a final verdict in its power struggle even after the head of her party early...German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right bloc is still awaiting a final verdict in its power struggle even after the head of her party early...

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Baerbock will run in the election, and polls suggest there is rising support for the Greens amid climate concerns.Baerbock will run in the election, and polls suggest there is rising support for the Greens amid climate concerns.

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The head of Angela Merkel’s party emerged today as the victor in a messy battle for the nomination to be the next German chancellor after his rival finally conceded defeat.Armin Laschet, 60, chiefThe head of Angela Merkel’s party emerged today as the victor in a messy battle for the nomination to be the next German chancellor after his rival finally conceded defeat.Armin Laschet, 60, chief

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GERMANY'S Green Party has seen its popularity soar amid speculation over who the next leader will be - as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to step down.GERMANY'S Green Party has seen its popularity soar amid speculation over who the next leader will be - as Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to step down.

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Leader of Merkel’s CDU party to head election challenge after Bavarian rival ends bidLeader of Merkel’s CDU party to head election challenge after Bavarian rival ends bid

Armin Laschet clinches nomination to run for German chancellor

Germany's conservatives have missed a self-declared deadline to resolve an internal feud over who should be their candidate to replace Chancellor Angela Merke...Germany's conservatives have missed a self-declared deadline to resolve an internal feud over who should be their candidate to replace Chancellor Angela Merke...

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BERLIN — Bavarian premier Markus Soeder said on Monday it was up to Germany’s Christian Democrats to decide whether he or their party leader should run as the…

Soeder leaves German CDU to resolve chancellor candidacy conundrum | National Post

Soeder leaves German CDU to resolve chancellor candidacy conundrum | National Post

Besides a damaging power struggle, Merkel’s alliance is also suffering in the polls over the handling of the pandemic.Besides a damaging power struggle, Merkel’s alliance is also suffering in the polls over the handling of the pandemic.

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By picking the 60-year-old moderate, Germany's conservatives are foregoing Mr Soeder's greater electoral appeal.. Read more at straitstimes.com.Europe News -By picking the 60-year-old moderate, Germany's conservatives are foregoing Mr Soeder's greater electoral appeal.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

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Greens names candidate for chancellor in Germany - Federal chairwoman of Alliance 90/The Greens Annalena Baerbock speaks during a press conference after the announcement of her nomination as a candidate for chancellor. - Kay Nietfeld/dpaGermany's Green Party, which is surging in the polls, has for t...Greens names candidate for chancellor in Germany - Federal chairwoman of Alliance 90/The Greens Annalena Baerbock speaks during a press conference after the announcement of her nomination as a candidate for chancellor. - Kay Nietfeld/dpaGermany's Green Party, which is surging in the polls, has for t...

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By Andreas Rinke and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany's conservatives threw their weight on Tuesday behind Armin Laschet, a cautious centrist, as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in a September national election instead of his more popular Bavarian rival. Markus Soeder, leader of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), conceded defeat in his week-long battle with Laschet, chairman of the larger Christian Democrats (CDU), to lead their alliance, dubbed 'the Union', into the Sept. 26 election. Soeder's decision came after senior CDU members backed Laschet, 60, at a tense meeting overnight, when they fretted about the bloc's future without Merkel, who has led them to four consecutive victories but is stepping down after the election. The die is cast - Armin Laschet will be the Union's candidate for chancellor, Soeder told reporters in Munich. I called Armin Laschet and congratulated him, Soeder added. In the name of the CSU and personally, I wish Armin Laschet success for the difficult task that lies ahead of him and offer him the support of the CSU. By backing Laschet, seen as lacking in charisma and muddled in his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDU elite prioritised their party's dominance within the conservative bloc, apparently preferring even the risk of election defeat over having to cede power to their Bavarian junior partners. An ARD Deutschlandtrend survey last Friday had found 72% of conservative voters in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, considered Soeder, 54, better suited to become chancellor. Only 17% of conservatives saw Laschet as the more suitable candidate, the survey by the Infratest Dimap polling institute found. APPEAL FOR UNITY As chancellor candidate, Laschet faces an uphill battle to win over voters unimpressed by the government's messy handling of the pandemic. On Tuesday Laschet urged the conservative bloc now to unite. The CDU will not win this election without the CSU, and the opposite is also true, he told a news conference, in which he also stressed the need to reduce Germany's public debt once the pandemic has ended. With the ecologist Greens just a few points behind them, many conservatives are nervous about their chances of holding onto power in September without Merkel, who congratulated Laschet on becoming the candidate. I look forward to our cooperation in the coming months, Merkel said, according to a Tweet posted by her spokesman. Laschet is widely seen as the candidate likely to continue Merkel's legacy, but analysts said he would not be able to match her commanding position, built up over 16 years, on the international stage. In terms of foreign policy, Angela Merkel leaves big shoes for her successor to fill, said Thomas Gitzel, economist at VP Bank. Armin Laschet will not be able to fill them and probably won't want to. The future focus will be on domestic policy. The Greens, with no internal wrangling, named their co-leader Annalena Baerbock on Monday as their first candidate for chancellor in the party's 40-year history. Baerbock, who has promised change if she becomes chancellor, tweeted her congratulations to Laschet on his candidacy, adding: I'm counting on a fair election campaign for the leadership of this country. (Additional reporting by Rene Wagner, Editing by Kim Coghill, Timothy Heritage and Gareth Jones)By Andreas Rinke and Paul Carrel BERLIN (Reuters) -Germany's conservatives threw their weight on Tuesday behind Armin Laschet, a cautious centrist, as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in a September national election instead of his more popular Bavarian rival. Markus Soeder, leader of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU), conceded defeat in his week-long battle with Laschet, chairman of the larger Christian Democrats (CDU), to lead their alliance, dubbed 'the Union', into the Sept. 26 election. Soeder's decision came after senior CDU members backed Laschet, 60, at a tense meeting overnight, when they fretted about the bloc's future without Merkel, who has led them to four consecutive victories but is stepping down after the election. "The die is cast - Armin Laschet will be the Union's candidate for chancellor," Soeder told reporters in Munich. "I called Armin Laschet and congratulated him," Soeder added. "In the name of the CSU and personally, I wish Armin Laschet success for the difficult task that lies ahead of him and offer him the support of the CSU." By backing Laschet, seen as lacking in charisma and muddled in his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDU elite prioritised their party's dominance within the conservative bloc, apparently preferring even the risk of election defeat over having to cede power to their Bavarian junior partners. An ARD Deutschlandtrend survey last Friday had found 72% of conservative voters in Germany, Europe's biggest economy, considered Soeder, 54, better suited to become chancellor. Only 17% of conservatives saw Laschet as the more suitable candidate, the survey by the Infratest Dimap polling institute found. APPEAL FOR UNITY As chancellor candidate, Laschet faces an uphill battle to win over voters unimpressed by the government's messy handling of the pandemic. On Tuesday Laschet urged the conservative bloc now to unite. "The CDU will not win this election without the CSU, and the opposite is also true," he told a news conference, in which he also stressed the need to reduce Germany's public debt once the pandemic has ended. With the ecologist Greens just a few points behind them, many conservatives are nervous about their chances of holding onto power in September without Merkel, who congratulated Laschet on becoming the candidate. "I look forward to our cooperation in the coming months," Merkel said, according to a Tweet posted by her spokesman. Laschet is widely seen as the candidate likely to continue Merkel's legacy, but analysts said he would not be able to match her commanding position, built up over 16 years, on the international stage. "In terms of foreign policy, Angela Merkel leaves big shoes for her successor to fill," said Thomas Gitzel, economist at VP Bank. "Armin Laschet will not be able to fill them and probably won't want to. The future focus will be on domestic policy." The Greens, with no internal wrangling, named their co-leader Annalena Baerbock on Monday as their first candidate for chancellor in the party's 40-year history. Baerbock, who has promised change if she becomes chancellor, tweeted her congratulations to Laschet on his candidacy, adding: "I'm counting on a fair election campaign for the leadership of this country." (Additional reporting by Rene Wagner, Editing by Kim Coghill, Timothy Heritage and Gareth Jones)

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Armin Laschet has won the support of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party to become the party's candidate in this September's federal election.

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Armin Laschet's rival Markus Soeder vows 'to accept and respect' party's decision and support CDU/CSU's joint candidate - Anadolu AgencyArmin Laschet's rival Markus Soeder vows 'to accept and respect' party's decision and support CDU/CSU's joint candidate - Anadolu Agency

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BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that co-leader Annalena Baerbock will make the party's first bid for the chancellery in the September national election, while... BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s environmentalist Greens announced Monday that co-leader Annalena Baerbock will make the party's first bid for the chancellery in the September national election, while...

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Rival Markus Soeder said he will back Mr Laschet, the head of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.Rival Markus Soeder said he will back Mr Laschet, the head of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union.

Armin Laschet wins battle to lead Merkel’s bloc in German election

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Feud between Mr Laschet and Markus Söder has damaged the party and handed ground to the GreensFeud between Mr Laschet and Markus Söder has damaged the party and handed ground to the Greens

Armin Laschet wins vote of Angela Merkel's CDU and will lead party into next election in Germany