Norbert Röttgen: the smart outsider who fell from grace

The first CDU leadership candidate out of the gates was a surprise: clever, well-dressed lawyer Norbert Röttgen. Described by the Suddeutsche Zeitung as an outsider and lone fighter, Röttgen is known as a quick witted politician and smooth speaker. Like leadership rivals Armin Laschet and Friedrich Merz, Röttgen comes from North-Rhine Westphalia. He was born … Continue reading Norbert Röttgen: the smart outsider who fell from grace

Armin Laschet: the continuity candidate of ‘measure and middle’

Shortly before the current leader of Germany's CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, announced she was stepping down, Armin Laschet joked, "Is Germany ready for a male Chancellor?" Not long after that, the 58 year old Prime Minister of Germany's largest state, North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), surprised many by making his bid to be CDU leader. Armin LaschetPhoto: Sandro … Continue reading Armin Laschet: the continuity candidate of ‘measure and middle’