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Friedrich Merz has been a critic of Angela Merkel for years. He opposed her as party leader from the beginning, at the time raising questions about whether a woman was up for the job. She proved him wrong, became party leader and ousted him as leader of the CDU parliamentary group in 2002.

In the early 2000s, he came under fire for several statements, including one over Berlin's then mayor who was gay. "As long as he doesn't get too close to me, I don't care," Merz said at the time.

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 9th, 2022 at 09:33:29 PM EST

Friedrich Merz and Lindsey Graham were headliners

The event is being organized by German right-wing media organization The Republic and the US-based Tholos Foundation, which bills itself as an "advocate for free-market, low-tax and pro-competitive policies."

The keynote at the forum was to be a talk between the CDU's Merz and US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on transatlantic relations.

After announcing his pullout, Merz's office said he still does intend to speak to Lindsay Graham in August, just not at the event.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Fri Sep 9th, 2022 at 09:34:54 PM EST
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