October 29, 2018 / 10:38 AM / 20 days ago

Former conservative joins race to replace Merkel as CDU chair

FILE PHOTO: Friedrich Merz of the conservative Christian Demococratic Union (CDU) smiles under letters reading "better" during a news conference in Berlin November 3, 2003 to present his tax reform plans to ease the German tax system. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

BERLIN (Reuters) - A former parliamentary group leader of Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc wants to join the race to replace the German chancellor as chairwoman of her Christian Democrats (CDU), conservative politicians told Reuters on Monday.

Friedrich Merz was parliamentary leader of the CDU/CSU alliance 200-2002 and was also a member of the European Parliament. He now serves as chairman of BlackRock Germany.

Reporting by Andreas Rinke; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Riham Alkousaa

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