German CDU picks new leader: As it happened

Rolling coverage as ruling party chose possible Merkel successor.

German CDU picks new leader: As it happened

Germany’s governing Christian Democratic Union on Saturday elected Armin Laschet as its new leader, giving him a strong chance of succeeding Angela Merkel as chancellor.

Laschet, Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen competed for the chairmanship of the center-right party at an online-only congress overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Merkel herself held the CDU post for 18 years before handing over to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, now Germany’s defense minister. But Kramp-Karrenbauer couldn’t establish control of the party so the job was up for grabs again — just nine months ahead of a general election that will herald Merkel’s retirement.

The party leader is not guaranteed to be the German center right’s candidate for chancellor but will have a good shot at securing the nomination. Other possible candidates include Markus Söder, the leader of the CDU’s sister party in Bavaria and premier of the southern state, and German Health Minister Jens Spahn.

POLITICO’s live blog reported on the news, reaction and analysis from the leadership election.

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