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.
The German political grandee has criticized the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, saying it does not "draw a line" to exclude radical elements. AfD politicians have been blamed over this week's killings in Hanau.
The co-vice-chair of Germany's ruling Christian Democrats (CDU), Armin Laschet, says Berlin is taking "too long to react" to France's proposal to revamp the European Union. Paris says it's growing impatient with Germany.
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The leader of Germany's governing Christian Democrats Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced on Monday that she will not run to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel, scrapping plans for a smooth handover of power. The news came amid political turmoil involving the CDU and the far-right Alternative for Germany party. Keith Walker discusses the latest with DW's political correspondent Thomas Sparrow.
The CDU's flirtation with the far-right populist AfD party in the state of Thuringia has plunged the centre-right party into a deep identity crisis and triggered the resignation of its leader. Nothing less than its future course is at stake. Guests: Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico), Derek Scally (Irish Times), Vendeline von Bredow (Economist)
Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are facing an inevitable period of infighting and instability following the resignation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The youth wing of the party is staying out of the fray for now.