HAMBURG, Germany | Merkel’s party chooses successor to longtime German leader
HAMBURG, Germany— Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s party is meeting to elect a new leader who could help shape Germany’s political direction for the next generation.
A close ally of Merkel’s and a one-time rival are considered favorites for the job to lead the center-right Christian Democratic Union.
Merkel announced in October she would give up the reins in her party, though she plans to serve her current term as chancellor.
Three high-profile contenders have toured Germany to drum up support.