In Germany, the board of the Christian Democratic CDU has appointed Armin Laschet as Chancellors candidate. After a six-hour consultation, the party chairman received 31 votes against nine for his opponent Markus Söder, the chairman of CDUs Bavarian sister CSU. There were six abstentions.
Thus, the power struggle between Laschet (60) and Söder (54) seems to be decided. Söder said earlier that he will accept the choice. Although the party summit had also preferred Laschet, Söder was so far militant. He stressed that it is all hands on deck for the CDU/CSU combination: “We are very bad. This year, its not about who of the CDU/CSU will rule, but whether we will get into the government.”
Whether the Kanzlerkandidat of the CDU/CSU will actually succeed Merkel as Chancellor is indeed by no means certain. In polls, the Greens are making a remarkable advance. The party is doing so well that it takes account of the fact that the leader Annalena Baerbock put forward yesterday is becoming the new German Chancellor.
The Germans will go to the polls on 26 September to elect a new parliament. President Steinmeier will then nominate the candidate of the largest party to the Bundestag as new chancellor.