New German conservative leader pledges to fight democracy’s enemies

The new elected Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader Armin Laschet reacts after being elected at the party's 33rd congress, held online because of the coronavirus disease pandemic, in Berlin, Germany, January 16, 2021. — Reuters pic
The new elected Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party leader Armin Laschet reacts after being elected at the party's 33rd congress, held online because of the coronavirus disease pandemic, in Berlin, Germany, January 16, 2021. — Reuters pic

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BERLIN, Jan 16 — Armin Laschet, the newly elected centrist leader of Germany’s conservative Christian Democrats, pledged dialogue with all the country’s democratic parties, adding that these were times in which democrats had to stand together.

“Especially in these days that we are experiencing in the world, the phrase ‘unity, justice and freedom’ is more topical than ever,” he said with reference to the opening stanza of the German national anthem.

“Let us fight together for these principles against all those who want to endanger them,” he concluded. — Reuters

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