Friedrich Merz

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CDU candidate for chancellor  Armin Laschet: ‘These comparisons with trains – I don’t make them myself.’  Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Elections in a small eastern German state with fewer people than Berlin may have marked the turning point in a year that will determine who succeeds A(...)

 Christian Democratic Union party’s Armin Laschet: “We need to clean out bureaucracy, create a modern and service-oriented state that acts quickly and with foresight.”  Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Bloomberg

Armin Laschet should be savouring this moment, his elevation to the ranks of Europe’s political super league. The 60-year-old native of Aachen in Ger(...)

Armin Laschet was elected at the weekend as head of Germany’s ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Photograph:  Christian Marquart - Pool/Getty Images

Germany’s most over-used political truism states that “after the election is before the election”. In a country of 16 federal states, staggered state (...)

After four terms, Angela Merkel has managed that rare achievement among government leaders: she will walk out the door before she is pushed – or voted – out. She has had less luck anointing her successor. Photograph: Filip Singer/ EPA

In this age of virus anxiety and Brexit uncertainty, predictions are a bad idea. But it’s safe to say that, a year from now, Germany’s chancellor will(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a media briefing on coronavirus, in Berlin on Thursday. Photograph: Markus Schreiber/Pool via Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Germans to stay at home over Easter despite “cautious optimism” that movement restrictions are slowing the spread o(...)

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer waves next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel after being elected as the party leader during the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party congress in Hamburg, Germany, December 7th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Amid tears and cheers, Germany’s ruling centre-right Christian Democratic Union backed evolution over revolution on Friday and elected an Angela Merke(...)

Christian Democratic Union (CDU) candidate for the party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer getting her portrait taken. AKK, as she is known,  is Angela Merkel’s choice as successor. File photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

What is happening on Friday in Hamburg? After 18 years, Angela Merkel is standing down as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union(...)

 Friedrich Merz: said he was at  most ‘upper middle-class’. Photograph: Epa/Ulrich Hufnagel

Who wants to be a millionaire? Friedrich Merz doesn’t. The 62-year-old who hopes to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s centre-right Christi(...)

The three candidates for the CDU leadership, Friedrich Merz, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Jens Spahn. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

The two frontrunners to succeed Germany chancellor Angela Merkel as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader pitched for the support of women in the party on F(...)

German chancellor and leader of the CDU Angela Merkel will not stand again as leader and will step down as chancellor in 2021. Photograph: Markus Heine/Getty

From Kohl’s Mädchen to Eurocrisis Madame Non, Angela Merkel has always been defined from outside, usually by men. But when Europe’s most powerful woma(...)