Party delegates will choose between general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, businessman Friedrich Merz and health minister Jens Spahn
Germanyâ€™s conservative party meets on Friday to decide on a successor to Angela Merkel, its leader of 18 years. Whoever wins is tipped to become the future chancellor and take over Merkelâ€™s role as the most powerful politician in Europe.
Three candidates have thrown their hats into the ring to become the new chair of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Over 1,000 party delegates will be eligible to vote on what has been described as the most momentous decision for the party in nearly 50 years and one which will decide the future direction not only of the CDU, but also of their country and their continent.