Which CDU candidate will replace Merkel?

Vying for the Christian Democratic Union party's leadership are lawyer Friedrich Merz (left), CDU secretary-general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Health Minister Jens Spahn.
Vying for the Christian Democratic Union party's leadership are lawyer Friedrich Merz (left), CDU secretary-general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Health Minister Jens Spahn.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE:

Election of ruling party boss not just about personalities but political directions as well

Delegates from Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) are gathering in the northern German city of Hamburg today to elect a new party leader.

Their deliberations have attracted little international attention. These are, after all, internal party manoeuvres which, under normal circumstances, are of interest only to those deeply committed to Germany's domestic political scene.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2018, with the headline 'Which CDU candidate will replace Merkel?'. Print Edition | Subscribe