MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – The new leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU) on Saturday promised an era of improved cooperation with Angela Merkel’s conservative party, with whom they share power at a federal level, in a bid to win back disillusioned voters.
With European elections in May and four German state votes this year, both the CSU and Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) want to draw a line under their bickering, especially on migrant policy, which nearly brought down the coalition last year.
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As expected, CSU delegates elected Markus Soeder to replace Horst Seehofer as their leader with an 87.4 percent majority at a party conference. He was the sole candidate.
“The conservatives should work with each other again instead of against each other, we should emphasize what we agree on rather than what we disagree on,” Soeder, 52, told his party.
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“It is time for a new show of strength from the CDU and CSU in Germany,” he said, to loud applause.
The two parties form a parliamentary bloc in the Bundestag lower house and share power in Chancellor Merkel’s coalition with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), but polls show...
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