Merz nominated as candidate to chair Germany’s conservative CDU

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The former leader of the parliamentary group of Germany’s conservative bloc, Friedrich Merz, has thrown his hat in the ring for the third time in a row to lead the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). The executive committee of his CDU district association Hochsauerland unanimously nominated the 66-year-old in a digital meeting on Monday evening for the upcoming membership vote for the future party chair. In addition to Merz, foreign policy expert Norbert Roettgen and executive head of the chancellor’s office Helge Braun have announced their candidacy to succeed Armin Laschet, who stood down from…

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