Two main contenders to Merkel’s throne

German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz bumps fists with Armin Laschet, North Rhine-Westphalia's state prime minister and the Christian Democratic Union candidate. With them at a recent election TV debate in Berlin is Annalena Baerbock, co-leader of Germany's Greens. – AFP pic, September 19, 2021.

THE frontrunner to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor is an experienced finance minister, but his opponent has the reputation of being a comeback king. 

The race to replace Merkel has boiled down to a competition between vice chancellor Olaf Scholz of the centre-left Social Democrats and Armin Laschet of Merkel’s CDU-CSU conservative alliance.

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