Virus surge in Germany delays picking of Merkel’s successor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU party says it will push back a congress planned for early December to elect a new leader due to a surge in coronavirus infections.

The conservative party’s top brass will reexamine the situation in mid-December to determine its next steps, general secretary Paul Ziemiak says.

The CDU is still hoping to be able to hold a congress on-site at a later date rather than a video conference, he adds.


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