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.
Angela Merkel has been officially nominated as the conservatives' candidate for September's federal elections in Germany. This was confirmed on Monday at a meeting of Merkel's centre right Christian Democratic Union or CDU and its sister party, the Christian Social Union or CSU. But the latest opinion polls show there's been a surge in support for her main rival. Paul Jäger reports.
SPD candidate Martin Schulz would receive 16 percent more votes than current CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel, a survey showed. The SPD has benefited since Schulz was nominated as the party's candidate for the Chancellery.
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.