Friedrich Merz (born 11 November 1955) is a German lawyer and politician. He is a member of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He was a Member of the European Parliament 1989 to 1994, a member of the Bundestag from 1994 to 2009, and as the chairman of CDU/CSU parliamentary group from 2000 to 2002.
|Leader of the CDU/CSU Group in the Bundestag|
29 February 2000 – 22 September 2002
|Preceded by||Wolfgang Schäuble|
|Succeeded by||Angela Merkel|
|Member of the Bundestag|
16 October 1994 – 27 September 2009
|Preceded by||Friedrich Tillmann|
|Succeeded by||Patrick Sensburg|
|Member of the European Parliament|
18 June 1989 – 12 June 1994
|Born||11 November 1955|
Brilon, West Germany (now Germany)
|Political party||Christian Democratic Union|
|Education||University of Bonn|
In 2018 he announced his candidacy in the CDU leadership election in December 2018. He lost the election to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. In February 2020, he announced his second candidacy for the party's 2020 leadership election.
- Berlin, Kommentar von Stefan Braun (2018). "Die große Zeitenwende ist eine Chance für die CDU". sueddeutsche.de (in German). ISSN 0174-4917. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
- Berlin, Berliner Morgenpost- (2020-02-25). "Friedrich Merz kandidiert - und schießt gegen Laschet und Spahn". www.morgenpost.de (in German). Retrieved 2020-02-26.
- Welt.de: Friedrich Merz mit Coronavirus infiziert, March 17, 2020