Merkel's party chooses new leader ahead of German election

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Merkel's party chooses new leader ahead of German election

File - In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, Lothar H. Wieler, president of the Robert-Koch-Institute, top left, and German Health Minister Jens Spahn of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, party, top center, leave after a press conference in Berlin, Germany, on the fight against the new coronavirus outbreak. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
File - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 file photo Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder of the Christian Social Union, CSU, party, wears a face mask with Bavarian's white and blue diamond pattern as he arrives for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German federal states governors at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, German Health Minister Jens Spahn of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, party, arrives for a press conference in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file, pool)
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for photographs after the television recording of her annual New Year's speech at the chancellery in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. Merkel, now 66, has steered Germany, and Europe, through a series of crises since she took office in 2005, she said over two years ago that she won't seek a fifth term as chancellor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

Merkel's party chooses new leader ahead of German election

File - In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, Lothar H. Wieler, president of the Robert-Koch-Institute, top left, and German Health Minister Jens Spahn of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, party, top center, leave after a press conference in Berlin, Germany, on the fight against the new coronavirus outbreak. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
File - In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 file photo Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder of the Christian Social Union, CSU, party, wears a face mask with Bavarian's white and blue diamond pattern as he arrives for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German federal states governors at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool, file)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 file photo, German Health Minister Jens Spahn of the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, party, arrives for a press conference in Berlin, Germany. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file, pool)
FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2020 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses for photographs after the television recording of her annual New Year's speech at the chancellery in Berlin. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union, CDU, is choosing a new leader on the weekend Saturday Jan. 16 and Sunday Jan. 17, 2021, a decision that will help determine who succeeds Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after a 16-year reign. Merkel, now 66, has steered Germany, and Europe, through a series of crises since she took office in 2005, she said over two years ago that she won't seek a fifth term as chancellor. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)
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