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Christian Democratic Union

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Germany's Christian Democrats in decline | People & Politics

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Laschet succeeds Merkel as German CDU party leader

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The Christian Democrats | People & Politics

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Armin Laschet elected head of Merkel's CDU party | DW News

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Why Germany's CDU battle to succeed Angela Merkel matters to Europe

The Christian Democratic Union of Germany is a Christian democratic and liberal-conservative political party in Germany. It is the major catch-all party of the centre-right in German politics. The CDU forms the CDU/CSU grouping, also known as the Union, in the Bundestag with its Bavarian counterpart the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU). The party is widely considered an effective successor of the Centre Party, although it has a broader base.
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  • Founding period 

  • Adenauer era (1949–1963) 

  • Opposition against social-liberal governments (1969–1982) 

  • Kohl era (1982–1998) 

  • Merkel era (2000–2018) 

  • Post-Merkel (2018–present) 

  • Voter base 

  • Members 

  • Relationship to the CSU 

  • Konrad Adenauer Foundation 

  • Special organizations 

  • State Parliaments (''Länder'')