# Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and candidate as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Armin Laschet delivers a speech on the second day of the party's 33rd congress held online because of the coronavirus pandemic, in Berlin on January 16, 2021. - Germany's conservative CDU party will elect a new leader on on January 16, 2021, in a key vote kicking off the race for Germany's top job as a deadly pandemic roils Europe's biggest economy. (Photo by Odd ANDERSEN / various sources / AFP)
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Race to succeed Merkel in top job thrown wide open

Armin Laschet may have won a key vote to become the new leader of Germany's conservative CDU party, but his victory has thrown open the question of who will succeed Angela Merkel in the top job
(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 22, 2019 German Chancellor Angela Merkel walks on stage during the party's annual congress in Leipzig, eastern Germany. - Germany's conservative CDU party will pick on January 16, 2021, during an online congress a new leader from three candidates: moderate Armin Laschet, arch-conservative Friedrich Merz and outsider Norbert Roettgen. (Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP)
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The three men vying to succeed Merkel

Germany's conservative CDU party will pick a new leader on Saturday. Here is a guide to the three men vying for the chance to be the party's chancellor candidate in this year's general election
(FILES) - (COMBO) This combination of file pictures created on October 16, 2020 shows the candidates for the leadership of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party (L to R) Norbert Roettgen (February 18, 2020 in Berlin), Friedrich Merz (February 25, 2020 in Berlin) and Armin Laschet (July 3, 2020 in Berlin). - Germany's conservative CDU party will pick during an online congress a new leader on Saturday, January 16, 2021, from three candidates: moderate Armin Laschet, arch-conservative Friedrich Merz and outsider Norbert Roettgen. (Photos by Odd ANDERSEN and John MACDOUGALL / AFP)
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CDU to pick new leader in key vote for Merkel succession

Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party will elect a new leader on Saturday, in a key vote kicking off the race for Germany's top job as a deadly pandemic roils Europe's biggest economy
FILED - Germany's Merkel says she misses personal contact with colleagues. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa-pool/dpa - only for use in accordance with contractual agreement
FILED - Germany's Merkel says she misses […]

Big shoes to fill: Germany faces the unknown as Merkel leaves stage

Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany and a towering stateswoman on the international stage, is set to retire from politics this year. Germany must find a successor, but the path forward remains far from clear.
Alors qu'un premier vaccin contre le Covid-19 a été autorisé dans l'UE, que va-t-il se passer en France avant les premières vaccinations ?
Alors qu'un premier vaccin contre le Cov […]

German government criticized for slow pace of vaccination drive

Germany lags far behind other countries when it comes to vaccinating citizens. There are proposals for a conference with pharmaceutical companies to create opportunities to increase production alongside BionTech and Pfizer.
A sign informing customers that the shop will be closed until January 10, 2020 at the entrance to a shop in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on December 16, 2020. Photo: Armando Babani / AFP
A sign informing customers that the shop […]

Europe tightens virus curbs as Christmas surge fears grow

Several European countries tightened coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, as Germany set a record for daily deaths and the US broke its own daily high for infection numbers
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen gives a press conference at the European headquarters in Brussels on November 16, 2020. Photo: Kenzo Tribouillard / Pool / AFP
European Commission president Ursula von […]

Members worry EU will bend as Brexit talks run out of road

EU member states have warned European negotiators not to lose their nerve in negotiations with Britain, in a rare reproach as post-Brexit talks entered their most delicate phase