German Chancellor Angela Merkel named the chairman of the Christian Democratic Union party Armin Laschet as her successor. RIA Novosti reports.
The politician noted that she highly values Lashet’s personal qualities, in particular, his “primary attention to the dignity of people, to the construction of bridges between them.”
She also recalled that the parliamentary elections to be held in Germany in September will be the first in 27 years in which the current Federal Chancellor will not fight for re-election.
On August 20, Angela Merkel arrived in Moscow to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. This visit to Russia was her 20th and last as Federal Chancellor.