The CDU and their Bavarian sister party CSU have officially chosen Angela Merkel as their candidate for Chancellor. But in spite of their agreement both parties still have their differences.
An initial report said Angela Merkel's Bavarian sister party would be seeing a shake-up — a report the party quickly denied. Bavaria's state premier, Horst Seehofer, has been under pressure over election losses.
First, Angela Merkel's conservatives suffered their worst election results in decades. Then, just last weekend, coalition talks collapsed. And yet Merkel remains the undisputed chancellor — and she has a few new options.
German coalition talks have continued as parties clash on migration and the environment. The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP had until Sunday evening to reach common ground.
Bavaria's embattled premier Horst Seehofer has vowed to "fight like a lion" at Berlin talks to form Germany’s next government. His party's youth wing has disowned the 68-year-old and hailed his rival, Markus Söder.
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