German conservatives agree on Merkel as chancellor candidate

Germany’s conservative parties agreed on Monday to nominate Angela Merkel as their candidate for chancellor in a September 24 election despite their long feud over how to tackle the migrant influx. The Christian Social Union (CSU) – the Bavarian sister party to Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) – has long criticized Merkel for allowing more than a million refugees into Germany over the last two years. The CDU and CSU are meeting in Munich to discuss how to defeat a resurgent Social Democratic Party (SPD) in September’s federal election. Merkel and CSU leader Horst Seehofer are due to present their joint election strategy later on Monday.

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