German surveys indicate low public support for Laschet as next leader

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Most Germans do not want Christian Democrat (CDU) leader Armin Laschet to try to form a government after his conservative bloc suffered huge losses in parliamentary elections, recent surveys of the public indicated on Tuesday. Laschet’s CDU/CSU conservative bloc fell to a record low of 24.1 per cent in the Bundestag elections on Sunday, while the Social Democrats (SPD) captured 25.7 per cent. Both SPD leader Olaf Scholz and Laschet have said they want to form a coalition government. But the pressure has been building on Laschet to reconsider, with several senior voices in his party arguing tha…

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