Early on Tuesday, state premier of North Rhine Westphalia Armin Laschet formally announced that he will run for leadership of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) on Tuesday in Berlin, setting himself up for a possible candidacy to become Germany’s next chancellor.
Speaking in a press conference with German Health Minister Jens Spahn, Laschet said the party currently finds itself “in the biggest crisis in our history.”
Spahn, who had also been considered a possible contender, then said he will not run and will instead serve as Laschet’s vice chair.
Former leader of the CDU parliamentary group Friedrich Merz also announced his candidacy later on Tuesday, becoming the third CDU politician to do so.
Ex-environment minister Norbert Röttgen was the first to announce his intention to run for the CDU top job earlier this month.
The party has been scrambling to find new leadership since Angela Merkel’s successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced that she would step down earlier this month.
kp/rg (dpa, Reuters)