Elections

The populist challenge
In 2021, millions of Europeans will vote, in times of corona. General, regional or local elections will be held in several EU countries, including Germany, France , Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czeck Republic and The Netherlands. Will the pandemic leave its mark and change their political landscapes? And how about the challenge of holding safe elections within the applicable corona measures?
German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel waves after delivering her speech at a CDU party congress in Hamburg, northern Germany on December 7, 2018. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP
German Chancellor and leader of the Chri... […]

Germany faces up to unpredictable post-Merkel era

A sea change in German politics began this week with two leading parties announcing their candidates to succeed Angela Merkel at September's elections, when the veteran chancellor will bow out
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)
North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier a... […]

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.
31.10.2020, Berlin: An oversized cardboard display with the picture of US President Trump stands in front of the Brandenburg Gate. Photo: Paul Zinken/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
31.10.2020, Berlin: An oversized cardboa... […]

After 4 years of Trump, Europe pins hopes on Biden win to repair ties

If he loses to Joe Biden, current US President Donald Trump will not be missed by Europe's foreign policy establishment. But even under new management, the White House will not necessarily see eye-to-eye with its European allies.
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