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Germany’s Merkel attempts to boost struggling would-be successor

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel entered the electoral fray on behalf of her conservative alliance on Saturday with wholehearted support for her potential successor from the Christian Democrats (CDU), Armin Laschet. Laschet has seen his poll numbers slide in recent days, and the centre-right bloc – comprised of the CDU and the Christian Social Union (CSU) – is now hovering only a few percentage points above its rivals according to several recent voter surveys. Describing Laschet as the “future chancellor of Germany” at a showcase event at Berlin’s Tempodrom concert venue, Merkel praised him as …

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