• Merkel’s bloc expected to decide Monday whom to back for president

    Merkel’s bloc expected to decide Monday whom to back for president

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives are set to decide Monday whether to back centre-left Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to become Germany’s next president or propose a rival candidate, a party source said.

    The news came after the latest meeting Sunday between the Christian Democrats (CDU) head and her two partners in the ruling right-left grand coalition on filling the largely ceremonial post ended without breakthrough.

    The three party leaders have wrangled for months over whom to nominate as a potential successor to President […]