Party disputes thwart Merkel’s hopes of an orderly succession
Monday, 14 September 2020
By Philip Oltermann / The Observer, BERLIN On the rocky road toward Germany’s post-Chancellor Angela Merkel future, one thing used to seem certain: The shoes of the first female, Protestant East German scientist at the top of German politics would be filled by a male Catholic Rhinelander with a law degree. That description still fits all the three official candidates who at a party congress in early December will pitch to lead Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the indispensable behemoth of postwar politics in Europe’s largest economy. However, the pandemic has realigned the stars for some of its top politicians to the extent that CDU insiders worry the leadership race’s most likely...
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