In the run­ning

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An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer Age: 56

Per­sonal life, ed­u­ca­tion: From a Catholic fam­ily and mar­ried with three sons. Mas­ter’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Gen­eral Sec­re­tary of the CDU since 2018.

Rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence: Chief Min­is­ter of Saar­land from 2011 to 2018. Strength: Sea­soned politi­cian. Weak­ness: Needs to shake the “mini Merkel” tag.

Book­ies’ odds: 8/11 favourite. Friedrich Merz Age: 63 Per­sonal life, ed­u­ca­tion: Mar­ried with three chil­dren. Moved into cor­po­rate law after grad­u­a­tion.

Oc­cu­pa­tion: Mil­lion­aire judge and cor­po­rate lawyer. Serves on 15 boards. Rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence: Leader of CDU’s par­lia­men­tary group from 2000-2002.

Strength: A com­pelling or­a­tor. Weak­ness: Short of po­lit­i­cal match fit­ness. Book­ies’ odds: 5/4 sec­ond

favourite. Jens Spahn Age: 38 Per­sonal life, ed­u­ca­tion: Mar­ried jour­nal­ist Daniel Funke in 2017. Mas­ter’s de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence. Oc­cu­pa­tion: Health Min­is­ter.

Rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence: En­tered Bun­destag at 22.

Strength: A critic of Merkel’s im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies.

Weak­ness: His youth. Book­ies’ odds: 40/1 out­sider.

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