Germany's strongest political party, currently headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been in power for most of the time since the end of the Second World War.
The CDU was founded after World War II. Five of the eight chancellors since 1949 came from the CDU. It has 470,000 members and a voter base of Christian and conservative, often elderly, citizens as well as small and medium sized entrepreneurs. In the 2013 general elections, the CDU and its Bavarian CSU sister party won 311 of the 631 available seats. Nevertheless, Merkel was forced to forge a "Grand Coalition" with the party's main rivals, the center-left Social Democrats. All our most recent content pertaining to Merkel and her party is collated below.
Top Christian Democrat politicians have expressed confidence that they can present a united platform with their Bavarian allies for Germany's nationwide election. The "Union" parties have clashed over refugee policies.
As Germany looks towards a new security structure, Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has raised doubts over cooperation in the "grand coalition." Current measures have been scrutinized since the Berlin terror attack.
Martin Schulz has decided not to make an attempt at becoming the Social Democrats candidate for chancellor. Is the move only to clear the way for Sigmar Gabriel to run against Chancellor Merkel or is there more to it?
Horst Seehofer, leader of Bavaria's CSU, has ruled out governing with Angela Merkel's CDU should they refuse to introduce an upper limit on the number of migrants entering Germany. The chancellor rejects the demands.