A threefold composite image made of file pictures shows contenders to replace Angela Merkel as chairperson of the CDU – and eventually, chancellor of Germany – (from left) Jens Spahn; the party's secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer; and Friedrich Merz. Photo: EPA

These are the contenders to replace Angela Merkel in Germany. It’s a stark choice that could shape post-Brexit Europe

  • Tough choices await Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union after her decision to quit the party leadership
  • Contenders include ‘mini-Merkel’ Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, pro-US Friedrich Merz, and nationalist poster boy Jens Spahn
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A threefold composite image made of file pictures shows contenders to replace Angela Merkel as chairperson of the CDU – and eventually, chancellor of Germany – (from left) Jens Spahn; the party's secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer; and Friedrich Merz. Photo: EPA
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