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Laschet’s unconvincing win raises fresh questions in German transition, Germany’s changing political landscape

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Laschet’s unconvincing win raises fresh questions in German transition, Germany’s changing political landscape

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Monday 18 January 2021 – Vol.12 Ed.3.1

Commentary: Laschet’s win raises fresh questions

By David Marsh in Berlin

Germany faces fresh wrangling over the direction of the dominant Christian Democratic Union after Armin Laschet’s victory as party chairman left open deep differences on policies after Chancellor Angela Merkel retires. The new CDU chairman’s far-from-convincing win and Merz’s immediate move to throw down the gauntlet inflame doubts about German leadership as the country lurches further into the wrenching post-Merkel transition.

Read the full commentary on the website.

Meeting: Germany’s changing political landscape

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Thursday 21 January, 14:00-15:00 GMT

Ludger Schuknecht, deputy secretary-general of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, joins Nathan Sheets, chief economist and head of global macroeconomic research at PGIM, to discuss Germany’s future political direction and its relationship with Europe, the US and China. They cover the potential end of the Maastricht Treaty’s debt spending limit, moves towards a fiscal union in Europe and what that means for German leadership.

Request to attend the meeting.

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