Armin Laschet (born 18 February 1961) is a German politician. On 16 January 2021, he was elected Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), replacing Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. He was the Minister-president of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2017 until 2021. He has also been a member of the Bundestag since 2021 and Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe since 2022.
|Leader of the Christian Democratic Union|
22 January 2021 – 31 January 2022
|General Secretary||Paul Ziemiak|
|Preceded by||Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer|
|Succeeded by||Friedrich Merz|
|Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia|
27 June 2017 – 26 October 2021
|Preceded by||Hannelore Kraft|
|Succeeded by||Hendrik Wüst|
|Born||18 February 1961|
Aachen, West Germany
|Political party||Christian Democratic Union|
|Alma mater||University of Munich|
University of Bonn
In February 2020, Laschet announced his candidacy for Christian Democratic Union of Germany leader in the 2021 leadership election. He won the leadership race on 16 January 2021 after beating Friedrich Merz in the second round.
In the 2021 election, the CDU lost 50 seats with many news outlets seeing it as a historical loss. Following the federal election, Laschet claimed personal responsibility for the bad result and resigned as party leader.
- "The Double-Act That Wants to Take Over Germany". Bloomberg.com. 26 February 2020. Retrieved 2020-02-26.
- NACHRICHTEN, n-tv. "Laschet entschuldigt sich für seinen Wahlkampf". n-tv.de (in German). Retrieved 2021-10-01.
- "Laschet legt Amt als Ministerpräsident nieder". Armin Laschets Zeit als Ministerpräsident von Nordrhein-Westfalen geht zu Ende. Der CDU-Chef wechselt als Abgeordneter in den Bundestag. Zunächst bleibt er aber geschäftsführend im Amt. Der Spiegel (online). 25 October 2021. Retrieved 25 October 2021.