Merkel to chart 2017 election battle at party congress

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union holds its annual congress she will seek to rally members behind her bid for a 4th termAfter Donald Trump’s shock victory, Francois Hollande’s decision not to seek re-election and populism on the rise, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is next up on the campaign podium to set out her strategy for winning in 2017 polls. When her centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) holds its annual two-day congress from Tuesday, she will seek to rally members behind her bid for a fourth term as Germany’s leader. Here is an outline of what the CDU congress in the western city of Essen is about.

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