Germany CDU: Armin Laschet backed by Merkel party in chancellor race

The CDU party’s executive debated via video for six hours before making their choice, which came despite Mr Söder, the 54-year-old premier of Bavaria, having a clear lead in opinion polls. The youth wing of the two parties, the Junge Union, had thrown its weight behind him ahead of the meeting and some CDU state premiers said they favoured the Bavarian leader, too.

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