Merkel’s ally Armin Laschet wins race to lead her party, kicking off German election campaign

Jan 16, 2021 | INVESTING

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative CDU party on Saturday picked her ally Armin Laschet as its next leader, in a vote that kicks off the race for Germany’s top job as a deadly pandemic roils Europe’s biggest economy.In the close race, Laschet, the state premier of Germany’s most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia, triumphed over old Merkel nemesis Friedrich Merz, after a first round that saw Merz leading by just five votes.A third hopeful, foreign affairs expert Norbert Roettgen, was…

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