Correspondent Wouter Zwart: Merz’s most conservative leader for years
“For Merz himself it feels like the victory that he has been entitled to for years. He has already lost the fight for president twice (2018 against Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and at the beginning of this year Armin Laschet), but they did not know their role would come true afterwards.
With Merz, the CDU gets its most conservative front runner for years. The party is clearly taking a different course than in recent years and is emphatically opposed to the left-liberal agenda of the new ruling coalition in the opposition. Merz attaches great importance to a strong economic agenda and enjoys strong corporate support. “