Analysis - Languishing Laschet: the plan to boost Merkel's would-be successor

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  • Wednesday, 19 May 2021

FILE PHOTO: North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and head of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party Armin Laschet gives a news conference at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, Germany April 20, 2021. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Pollsters are already writing off Armin Laschet. And while Chancellor Angela Merkel's would-be successor thinks he can turn things around before Germany's federal election in September, he has his work cut out.

Since the conservatives picked him last month to run for chancellor, Laschet has seen the Greens overtake them in opinion polls; faced persistent sniping from his former, internal rival; and suffered a party rebellion in the east. Merkel also ticked him off over his lax handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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