CDU party board backs Laschet to run as German conservative chancellor candidate

CDU party board backs Laschet to run as German conservative chancellor candidate
Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2021 07:37

A week-long showdown between Laschet, and Markus Soeder, leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, has done little to impress voters already turned off their conservative bloc by the government’s chaotic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the ecologist Greens just a few points behind them, many conservatives are nervous about their prospects at the Sept. 26 election without Merkel, who has led them to four victories but is stepping down after 16 years in power.