About: Friedrich Merz

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.
Politics 21-04-2020

COVID-19 crisis boosts support for Laschet/Spahn in CDU leadership race

A special CDU party conference was originally scheduled for this week, but the election of the new chair of the biggest German conservative party has been postponed indefinitely. According to current polls, Armin Laschet can especially profit from the current crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Politics 25-02-2020

Germany’s Laschet, Merz join Merkel party leadership race

The premier of Germany's most populous state, Armin Laschet, joined the race to lead Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) on Tuesday and won the backing of Health Minister Jens Spahn who had been expected to run himself. A third contender, Friedrich Merz, also announced his candidacy.
Future EU 07-12-2018

Which way forward for Merkel’s CDU?

The CDU is holding a vote today on who will take over its chair and will possibly be its candidate to German Chancellor one day. EURACTIV Germany gives an overview of how the three candidates could shape the part and therefore also the EU.
Elections 05-12-2018

CDU elections smack of matricide

A knife-edge vote Friday (7 December) will determine Angela Merkel's successor as head of her party after 18 years at the helm, with the German chancellor's own political fate and legacy on the line.

Merkel’s would-be successor questions Germany’s sacrosanct asylum pledge

Friedrich Merz, trailing in the race to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of her Christian Democrats (CDU), sparked uproar by questioning Germany's constitutional guarantee of asylum at a hustings late on Wednesday (21 November).
Future EU 30-10-2018

The four candidates to succeed Merkel

Merz, Kramp-Karrenbauer, Spahn and Laschet – portraits of the four candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as CDU chair. EURACTIV Germany’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.