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Weekly update: Soder positions himself as future CSU chair

Updated: Feb 3, 2021

By Jack Turner

  • This week the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder has put himself in the running for the CSU Chairmanship after the position was vacated by Horst Seehofer, following intense scrutiny due to poor election results. Since the only other real candidate (Manfred Weber) chose against running for the position, this is very much a one-horse race - you can expect an announcement confirming as much in the January party elections.

  • It seems the outcome of Hesse Elections may finally be in sight after Die Grünen accepted the CDU’s proposal to open negotiations for a coalition, seemingly putting to bed any prospect of a “traffic light” coalition. If negotiations are successful, one change Die Grünen may want to implement with their newfound power would be replacing the Hartz IV program, a move recently backed by their party chairman Robert Habeck.

  • The AfD are very much in the spotlight after news broke of a controversial donation, prompting a formal investigation. And Angela Merkel finally visited Chemnitz to face the music as the city remains at breaking point, with sadly no real end in sight. For an interesting stance on the refugee crisis, which has affected certain cities like Chemnitz so deeply, read this.

  • And... check out the moment a 101-year-old French women mistook Angela Merkel to be Mrs Macron during a state visit!


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