The conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) has elected Friedrich Merz as chairman of the party, Phoenix TV reported.
The corresponding decision was made as part of an online meeting of the CDU, Merz’s candidacy was supported by 95% of the congress delegates. At the same time, in mid-December last year, 62.1% voted for him.
It is worth noting that the politician twice tried to become party leader, but in 2018 he lost to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and in 2021 he lost to Armin Laschet.
Previously, this post was held by Armin Laschet, under whose leadership the German conservatives were defeated for the first time in 16 years in the elections to the Bundestag last year.
Earlier, the new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz expressed Berlin’s readiness for a serious dialogue with Moscow on European security issues.