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Germany's strongest political party, currently headed by Armin Laschet, 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. This is a collection of DW's content on the CDU.
Interior Minister Seehofer sees no reason why criminals cannot continue to be deported, despite the insecurity in war-torn Afghanistan. Human rights organizations and the Green party have spoken out against the policy.
How does she do it? How has the German Chancellor managed to stay on top for 15+ years? What does "Merkeling through" mean? Find out from somebody who has served as minister under Angela Merkel, working closely with her, but also campaigning against her.