There are twelve applicants for Angela Merkel's job. The CDU will now organise an internal election to determine who will lead Germany's conservative political wing for the years to come.
Angela Merkel also said on Monday she would step down as German chancellor at the end of her term in 2021.
German society has been left with many questions after Mesut Ozil's resignation. Chief among them, can they deal with racism and discrimination?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the country is going through a situation "never faced before" and vowed to avoid tax increases and take a "zero tolerance" policy on security.
Under the agreement, Germany would accept 200,000 people a year on humanitarian grounds, including families of refugees already in the country.
The election result in Schleswig-Holstein boosts her party's confidence ahead of the North Rhine-Westphalia state elections scheduled for next Sunday.
Merkel's Christian Democrats losses regional vote to anti-Islam and anti-migrant party in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as a result of Merkel's controversial immigration policy.
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