German leadership contest moved to January

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Angela Merkel during the German cabinet meeting of the government in Berlin, Germany, 10 June 2020. [EPA-EFE/Mika Schmidt]

The Christian Democrat Union (CDU) has postponed to 16 January the date of its party conference and with it, the vote for party leadership, following an agreement between the three candidates running to succeed current party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

North Rhine-Westphalian premier Armin Laschet, former parliamentary group leader Friedrich Merz, and MP Norbert Röttgen agreed to the date over the weekend, after the recent announcement postponing the 4 December event.

“The candidates prefer a central in-person party conference. If this and a decentralised in-person party conference should not be possible, they argue for an online party conference with the digital election of the federal executive committee,” CDU General Secretary Paul Ziemiak wrote in a statement announcing the decision.

The voting procedure is set to be determined in a follow-up meeting on 14 December.

(Sarah Lawton |

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