About: Christian Democrats

CDU party chief enters testing grounds as she takes up defence minister post

In a surprising turn of events, the leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, was appointed Germany's new defence minister. While the opposition is unhappy, observers are wondering whether she will do a good job, given that she had opposed  to take cabinet responsibility until recently. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Merkel calls for summit on refugee crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a special EU refugee summit on Tuesday (15 September), urging unity after an angry reaction to a suggestion by one of her ministers that states that did not take in their share of asylum seekers could face financial penalties.
Less Europe and more Merkel: MEP Rainer Wieland from Germany's Christian Democratic Union explains the party's European election strategy. [EP]
EU Elections 2014 24-04-2014

German centre-right: ‘Only with Merkel can we reach voters’

For Germany's centre-right, Europe only plays a supporting role in the EU elections, explained Parliament VP Rainer Wieland. European politics are unimaginable without Angela Merkel, while topics like data protection and Ukraine "do not win elections". EURACTIV Germany reports.
David McAllister is the top candidate for Merkel's Christian democrats in the 2014 European elections. Dublin 2014 [European People's Party/Flickr]
EU Elections 2014 17-04-2014

McAllister: CDU and CSU have ‘different agendas’ in EU elections

Angela Merkel's centre-right CDU party and the Bavarian CSU are closely integrated, but they will run separate campaigns for the European elections, top CDU candidate David McAllister explained, pointing out stark differences between the two sister parties. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 06-08-2013

German elections 2013: Don’t mention Europe

The European Union’s economic and financial challenges left the bloc in no doubt that its most populous member state is also its most politically powerful. On 22 September 2013, Germans will decide in a federal election whether that power remains within its current ruling conservative coalition led by incumbent Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), or whether to entrust it to the Social Democrats or a new coalition. In the run up to the elections, Europe has largely remained off the agenda.

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