22 hours ago.Berlin, Germany
Armin Laschet delivers a press conference at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany, Friday Jan. 22, 2021, after being elected as the new leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • Angela Merkel's conservatives on Tuesday confirmed Armin Laschet's nomination as their chancellor candidate
  • With just five months to go before the September 26 election, when Merkel bows out after 16 years in power
  • Soeder said that the CDU, as "the bigger sister party" had the ultimate say in who to send into the race for Merkel's job

1 day ago.Berlin, Germany
Armin Laschet is federal chairman of the CDU since January 2021. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@landnrw)

  • Several CDU board members voted 77.5% in favour of Laschet
  • Challenger Soeder of sister party CSU got 22.5% votes
  • Soeder earlier said he would accept the CDU's decision

3 days ago.Berlin, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for a press conference in Berlin, Germany. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • The memorial service will be held on Sunday
  • It will be held to share the pain of grieving families and those who died alone because of COVID curbs
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel will join a service on Sunday morning at Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

11 April.Washington, D.C., DC, USA
Antony Bliken expressed his concerns at NBC's 'Meet the Press'. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • US is close contact with Ukraine, Blinken confirmed in an interview
  • If Russia acts recklessly, there will be costs, the US Secretary of State said
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has also demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops

8 April.Berlin, Germany
Germany has been struggling to keep the number of cases from increasing. (Credit photo : AP/PTI)

  • Chancellor Angela Merkel is in the favour of imposing a "short national lockdown"
  • Ulrike Demmer also commented on the exponentially growing pressure on the country's health system
  • Merkel and the leaders of the 16 states collectively agreed upon the need for strict national rules

23 March.Berlin, Germany
Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement after marathon talks with regional leaders. (Photo credit: PTI)

  • The British coronavirus variant has become the dominant strain in Germany
  • Almost all shops will be shut during the five days
  • Religious services will be moved online over Easte

20 March.Berlin, Germany
Germany is battling to ramp up its vaccination campaign. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Angela Merkel's endorsement came after EMA cleared the AstraZeneca vaccine for use
  • The use of the vaccine was suspended for several days over fears of blood clots
  • France on Friday recommended it should be given only to people aged 55 and over 

15 March.Berlin, Germany
Angela Merkel is stepping down after this term. (Crédit photo : AP/PTI)

  • CDU was on track to score its worst-ever results in the southwestern states
  • Both votes were being closely watched as a barometer of the national mood ahead of general elections
  • Deepening the conservatives' woes is growing public anger about a sluggish vaccination campaign, a delayed start to free rapid testing