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World Markus Söder joins German chancellor race

01:11  12 april  2021
01:11  12 april  2021 Source:   bbc.com

Star Trek fan who could boldly go and lead Germany

  Star Trek fan who could boldly go and lead Germany A veteran Bavarian leader is tipped to run for chancellor as the Merkel era ends this year.Angela Merkel has dominated German politics since 2005, but she will no longer be chancellor after the September federal election. Mr Söder is seen as the hot favourite to run as chancellor-candidate for her Christian Democrats (CDU) and their smaller Bavarian ally, the Christian Social Union.

The race to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel is heating up after both leaders of the two parties that make up her conservative alliance put themselves forwards. Mrs Merkel, leader since 2005, is set to stand down at September's election. Markus Söder , who is Bavaria's premier, said on Sunday he was prepared to be the candidate if he had the support of the conservatives elsewhere in Germany . His rival is Armin Laschet who had already said he would stand. Mr Laschet is the recently elected leader of Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and current premier of Germany 's most populous state.

“ Markus Soeder and I had a long conversation before today. We declared our willingness to run for the chancellorship,” CDU leader Armin Laschet told a joint news conference. Laschet lags Soeder in opinion polls but, as leader of the larger CDU, effectively has first refusal and enjoys the support of some powerful state premiers. No CSU leader has become German chancellor . Many conservatives are nervous about contesting the Sept. 26 federal election without Merkel, who has led them to four victories.

The race to replace German Chancellor Angela Merkel is heating up after both leaders of the two parties that make up her conservative alliance put themselves forwards.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Armin Laschet (left) and Markus Söder appeared together after party talks in Berlin © EPA Armin Laschet (left) and Markus Söder appeared together after party talks in Berlin

Mrs Merkel, leader since 2005, is set to stand down at September's election.

Markus Söder, who is Bavaria's premier, said on Sunday he was prepared to be the candidate if he had the support of the conservatives elsewhere in Germany.

His rival is Armin Laschet who had already said he would stand.

Mr Laschet is the recently elected leader of Mrs Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and current premier of Germany's most populous state.

Armin Lashet requires fast decision on Chancellor's candidacy of CDU and CSU

 Armin Lashet requires fast decision on Chancellor's candidacy of CDU and CSU Lashet or Söder? The question about the Chancellor's candidacy is still unclear. The CDU chief calls for a quick decision in the Union - but in the exam on Sunday's parliament, she will not fall. © Federico Gambarini / dpa The CDU chairman Armin Lashet requires a quick decision on the Union Chancellor's candidacy.

Bavarian leader Markus Soeder , whose party is part of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, said he’s ready to enter the race to succeed her, a person familiar with the discussions said, setting up a potential fight for the nomination. Soeder made his offer during a party meeting Sunday that included Armin Laschet, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union who has declared his bid for the chancellorship and is also the head of the party. Merkel, 66, has said she isn’t running for another term, opening the field for a new chancellor at the helm of Europe’s biggest

German conservatives seek Angela Merkel's successor. Merkel loyalist Armin Laschet and Bavarian leader Markus Söder from have both said they are ready to run for Germany 's chancellor . The conservative block, made up of CDU and CSU sister parties, must now make a decision. Germany 's ruling conservative party on Sunday met to lay out the next steps in deciding who would stand as a successor to Angela Merkel as the party's candidate for chancellor in this year's election.

Mr Söder heads the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the CSU.

Mr Söder's announcement came as the two conservative parties, who work together in federal politics, met on Sunday for talks on the issue. A decision on the CDU/CSU joint nominee is expected soon.

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Speaking at a joint news conference, Mr Laschet, 60, said: "Markus Söder and I had a long conversation before today. We declared our willingness to run for the chancellorship."


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Mr Söder, 54, said they were both suited for the role and willing to take it up.

"What is important is that we do this with respect for each other. And I will say this: whoever is chosen in the end we will both work very well together.

Laschet and Söder to Chancellor's Candidature ready

 Laschet and Söder to Chancellor's Candidature ready CDU-Chef Armin Laschet and the CSU chairman Markus Söder can imagine an Office as Federal Chancellor. Both expressed themselves after a clausing meeting of the pace tip. © Sven Hoppe / DPA / Picture Alliance You want both: Markus Söder (l.) And Armin Laschet (archive image) The question of the Chancellor's candidacy of the Union becomes an open power struggle between the Chairman of the Christian Democrats, Armin Laschet, and the boss of the Christian Social Union (CSU) and Bavarian Prime Minis

Bavarian premier Markus Söder knows the immortal words from Star Trek well, but his journey may end up in the chancellor 's office in Berlin. Angela Merkel has dominated German politics since 2005, but she will no longer be chancellor after the September federal election. Mr Söder is seen as the hot favourite to run as chancellor -candidate for her But Mr Söder , the leader of Germany 's largest state, has not yet put himself forward officially. Two previous attempts by CSU leaders failed: Franz Josef Strauss in 1980 and Edmund Stoiber in 2002 were both defeated by the centre-left Social Democrats.

" Markus Soeder and I had a long conversation before today. We declared our willingness to run for the chancellorship," CDU leader Armin Laschet told a joint news conference. Laschet lags Soeder in opinion polls but, as leader of the larger CDU, effectively has first refusal and enjoys the support of some powerful state premiers. No CSU leader has become German chancellor . Many conservatives are nervous about contesting the Sept. 26 federal election without Merkel, who has led them to four victories.

"It is not about our individual ambitions - it is about the good of the party and above all, the good of the country," he said.

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More commonly a leader of the CDU, the larger party, would be expected to become the two parties' candidate. But at present, polls suggest Mr Söder would be the more electable choice.

A candidate from the Bavarian sister party has never won the federal election before. Two previous attempts by CSU leaders failed in 1980 and 2002.

Mrs Merkel has not publicly expressed a preference for either potential candidate.

The conservative alliance is facing a decline in popularity following the coronavirus pandemic, slipping to about 27% in polls.

So far Mr Söder has proved popular in the crisis, even though Bavaria's Covid figures are no better than those of most other German states.

The Social Democrats have already announced their candidate for chancellor, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, while the Green party will announce their nominee next week.

Decision in power struggle for Chancellor's candidacy of the Union moves closer .
of the power struggle for the Chancellor's candidacy of the Union controls to his final. CDU boss Armin Laschet demanded a decision of the Federal Executive Board of his party in the candidate question still on Monday evening. This could provide you with an advantage in the race against its rival Markus Söder. For the CSU boss had previously reaffirmed its willingness to the candidacy, but the CDU assigned decision rights.

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