Who will take up Merkel's mantle?

The Christian Democratic Union’s pick for new party leader will likely be the next chancellor of Germany. None of the three candidates enjoys much public support.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been in her post since 2005. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

While political party conventions in Germany are often dull and boring, the one being held this weekend is set to be the exception.

It is the online convention of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) - the country's biggest political party - and the most important item on the agenda is who gets the chance to assume the mantle of Chancellor Angela Merkel, when she steps down later this year.

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