BERLIN | Former Merkel rival hints at interest in German govt job
BERLIN— German Chancellor Angela Merkel has no plans to reshuffle her Cabinet, Merkel’s spokesman said Wednesday after a one-time rival of the chancellor hinted he’d be interested in joining the government,
Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union is trying to heal internal divisions and prevent future rifts after the politician in question, Friedrich Merz, narrowly lost the race to succeed Merkel as party leader. Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer defeated Merz on Dec. 7.
Merz, a former leader of the CDU’s parliamentary group who is popular with the party’s conservative right wing, emerged from a decade away from front-line politics to seek the leader’s job.