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.
French president Emmanuel Macron has called on people to resist populism and defend the EU. German chancellor Angela Merkel has stayed silent, letting the CDU leader do the talking. What are we to make of this? Our guests: Milan Nic (DGAP), Ulrike Guérot (Political Scientist), Derek Scally (Irish Times).
New CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has laid out her European vision as Germany's post-Merkel era looms. Experts say the move could be just the spark the conservative party needs ahead of key regional elections.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has presented her own proposals to deal with populism, economic uncertainty, international security and migration. "Europe must become stronger," she wrote in response to the French president.