Armin Laschet: Conservative scrambling to sell continuity ticket

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As the leader of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) since January and a natural successor to Angela Merkel, Armin Laschet initially had the strongest claim to be Germany’s chancellor after the September elections. The son of a miner and a lawyer by training, Laschet had already indicated he plans to continue Merkel’s legacy – “16 good years” as he refers to them – and tread a path firmly in the political centre. However, the CDU and their Bavarian-based CSU sister party have suffered a sharp slump in opinion polls amid frustration over the extended coronavirus lockdown and a series of …

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