Businesses like CDU leadership contender Friedrich Merz. He is German chair of the world's biggest wealth manager, BlackRock. But that could spoil his political ambitions.
From climate change and trembling spells to a trembling government, German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces many challenges as she returns to office post-vacation.
Germany is planning to drastically reduce its historical "solidarity" tax with its eastern states. The move will mean a significant income tax cut for the middle classes, but Merkel's CDU also wants to unburden the rich.
The sheer scale of BlackRock's finances makes its influence on the world unlike that of any other company. Now one of its board members in Germany, Friedrich Merz, wants to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The former head of Germany's domestic intelligence agency has been accused of courting the far right following his sacking. Hans-Georg Maassen is the noisiest member of the conservative wing of Angela Merkel's CDU.
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