CDU leader Armin Laschet has been nominated as the conservative CDU-CSU alliance's candidate for chancellor in the 2021 federal elections. The decisive factor was the vote of the CDU executive board on Tuesday night, after which the CSU leader Markus Söder withdrew his candidacy saying he will now support Laschet "without rancour and with all his strength". European media emphasise Laschet's qualities compared to Söder's, who is stronger in the polls, but note that the CDU-CSU bloc has taken a battering.

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