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Merkel’s Old Foe May Finally Get a Chance to Undo Her Legacy

  • Conservative Merz’s third bid to become German chancellor
  • Campaign includes hour-long phone pitches to CDU delegates
Friedrich Merz
Friedrich MerzPhotographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Angela Merkel’s long-time political adversary is staging a new bid to succeed her as German chancellor -- and judging by the way he’s working the phones, Friedrich Merz stands a chance.

The 64-year-old former BlackRock Inc. director has been written off before. Pushed out of the Christian Democrats’ inner circle by Merkel herself nearly two decades ago, he lost a contest for the CDU’s top job in 2018.