About: Armin Laschet

Elections 22-09-2021

Shakeup in Berlin – German 2021 elections

The upcoming German federal elections are already dubbed 'historic': Veteran Chancellor Angela Merkel will step down after 16 years in office while her conservative CDU/CSU union is polling at historic lows and trailing the Social Democrats, who are in pole position ahead of the 26 September vote.
Elections 20-09-2021

Scholz and Baerbock close ranks in final German election debate

During Germany’s third and final televised election debate, Social Democrat candidate Olaf Scholz and the Greens’ Annalena Baerbock stood together against conservative candidate Armin Laschet on most issues. EU policy, meanwhile, was again sidelined from the debate.
Elections 17-09-2021

Armin Laschet: Merkel’s heir apparent?

Angela Merkel has governed Germany for 16 years and proven a reliable ally both in Europe and for the world. Will her party colleague hoping to succeed her follow in her footsteps or diverge from her path in order to forge his own legacy?
Economy & Jobs 15-09-2021

Germany’s stance on workers’ representation set for major change

As the German elections near, the EU is simultaneously gearing up for the fight over the revision of the dated Works Council Directive. Germany has always been a pioneer of worker’s co-determination, where will its next government stand?
Elections 13-09-2021

Scholz seen as winner from Germany’s second TV election debate

Conservative candidate Armin Laschet, from the ruling CDU/CSU coalition, sought to make up for lost ground in opinion polls by attacking his socialist rival Olaf Scholz during Germany’s second televised election debate.
Elections 09-09-2021

Macron stirs German campaign with pre-poll invites to Scholz, Laschet

By hosting two contenders to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor this week, President Emmanuel Macron has shown how anxiously France is eyeing the outcome of Germany's election and its effect on a partnership crucial to Europe's future.
Energy 31-08-2021

German think-tanks ring climate alarm as candidates squabble over minutiae

Five million Germans watched their future Chancellor debate environmental issues on Sunday (29 August), amid calls from prominent think-tanks who highlighted Germany’s legal obligation to cut emissions 65% by 2030.
Energy 30-08-2021

Coal exit debate haunts German parties ahead of election

With the German elections less than a month away, the country’s agreed 2038 coal exit looks increasingly untenable. Yet, with voters increasingly concerned about the climate, leaders' past policy choices are coming back to haunt them.
Elections 30-08-2021

First German election debate reveals divisions on climate policy

Only four weeks ahead of the German election, the three lead candidates met on Sunday (30 August) to debate the future of Europe’s biggest economy. While the most contested issue was climate policy, there was one topic in the debate that was almost missing completely from the agenda: the European Union.
Elections 25-08-2021

German election 2021: Key numbers, forecasts and projections

In Europe's key election this year, Germany chooses a new parliament - and Angela Merkel's successor - on 26 September. Who will get to lead the continent's biggest economy? Will the Greens with Annalena Baerbock have the edge over Armin Laschet's conservative CDU/CSU? Or will the Social Democrat SPD be the dark horse of these polls?
Elections 25-08-2021

German SPD ahead of conservatives a month before election, poll shows

Germany's centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) have pulled ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives for the first time in 15 years, according to an opinion poll published on Tuesday (24 August), just a month before the country's federal election.
Energy 05-07-2021

Europe’s largest electrolyser launched, set to multiply capacity tenfold by 2024

Germany’s largest refinery hosts the largest electrolyser of its kind in Europe, built by Shell and the EU. The Anglo-Dutch oil major is already looking towards building an electrolyser ten times larger by 2024 with the aim of supplying German industry with green hydrogen.
Elections 21-05-2021

Would-be German leaders agree EU unanimity is overrated

The three candidates vying to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel have squared up for their first public debate ahead of September’s election, presenting varying positions on the EU, defence policy and the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The three would-be...
Elections 20-05-2021

Germany’s Laschet to follow Merkel’s footsteps on Russia, China

The leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) Armin Laschet, who hopes to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor, is largely expected to keep his predecessor's diplomatic line, with little nuance on foreign and security policy. 
Elections 18-05-2021

Race to succeed Merkel wide open as German election nears

With veteran German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to leave the political stage after the September election, many are wondering what's next for the globe's fourth-largest economy. The race for Germany's top job is hotting up, EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 23-04-2021

Tweets of the Week: Super League, Climate Law, Merkel Succession

Football’s all about money, wow, big shock, EU has a climate law, please don’t mock, and might German Greens stand a chance with Frau Baerbock?
Elections 20-04-2021

Germany’s CDU backs Laschet for chancellor candidate after bruising spat

Armin Laschet, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) has won the backing of his party to run as the conservative chancellor candidate to succeed Angela Merkel at the September election. The move comes after rival Markus Söder, who leads...
Politics 12-03-2021

German regional polls key stress test for Merkel successor

Two German states are set to vote on Sunday in regional elections seen as a bellwether for September's national poll as Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) continue to reel from a mask procurement scandal that could prove the party's undoing.
Politics 18-01-2021

Moderate Armin Laschet becomes new CDU leader in election year

North Rhine-Westphalian (NRW) premier Armin Laschet has been elected the new chair of Germany's ruling conservative CDU and will lead the party into the September Bundestag elections, with a good chance of becoming the next chancellor. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 15-01-2021

CDU leadership election: What’s in store for Europe?

Germany's ruling conservative CDU will choose its new leader on Saturday. Whoever of the three candidates wins has the best chance of becoming the next chancellor - and thus one of the most powerful people in Europe. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 04-09-2020

CDU/CSU seek new ‘climate man’ as Greens rise in polls

Germany's conservative CDU/CSU Union has admitted to its own shortcomings when it comes to climate policy and is now searching for a new chairman and candidate for the chancellor's spot, which will shape the union's course on environmental policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 15-07-2020

Meeting in Bavaria signals ‘reconciliation’ between Merkel and Söder

Chancellor Angela Merkel attended a Bavarian government cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning (14 July) at the invitation of state leader Markus Söder (CSU). The meeting was seen as "a sign of reconciliation" between the two most popular German politicians, after several years of cold relations. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 09-06-2020

Strong public support for CDU/CSU, but questions remain on Merkel’s successor

Around three months after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Germany, public approval of the Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) and confidence in Chancellor Angela Merkel remain high.  Nevertheless, Merkel is still ruling out a fifth term in office. So how does it look for her potential successors? EURACTIV Germany reports.

Growing resistance in Germany against quarantine for returnees from abroad

There is growing resistance in German politics and the judiciary against the quarantine obligation for returnees from abroad. EURACTIV Germany reports.