A major German scramble for the chancellery and the government after the Merkel era

On the TV Elephant Tour, Armin Laschet tries to be everything Sunday night after the election, but not a good loser. As a candidate for chancellor, he led the Union to a historic defeat. His party lost nearly nine percent. Even worse: he ended up behind the SPD.

Angela Merkel’s legacy gambled away. The proud and powerful CDU/CSU, of which nothing could have been dangerous in the past – not even the secret black money accounts in Switzerland – is collapsing. The People’s Party… Even this seemingly eternal prestige may soon be lost.

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