Germany's strongest political party, currently headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has been in power for most of the time since the end of World War II.
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 election, the CDU and its Bavarian Christian Social Union 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. This is a collection of DW's content on the CDU.
At school, Jens Spahn said he aimed to become chancellor one day. At 22, he won a seat in Germany's parliament. Today, critics of Angela Merkel's centrist approach in the CDU are pinning their hopes on the 37-year-old.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's upcoming cabinet picks will signal whether the CDU remains in the political center. She faces calls from senior party members to move right in an effort to regain voters the party lost in 2017.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has nominated Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the CDU's next secretary general. She will take over from Peter Tauber, who is stepping down due to health reasons.