Armin Laschet, a steady hand and Germany's next Chancellor?

BERLIN – If Angela Merkel was worried about her party legacy, she now has one reason to worry less.

Mr Armin Laschet, the new head of the governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is neither a disruptor nor a radical reformer. The man who will turn 60 next month will preserve the course of Dr Merkel, which is firmly anchored in the political centre.

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