Who are the rivals to lead Germany after Chancellor Merkel?

What are his chances? With the support of Germany’s most powerful bloc, Armin Laschet should be the clear favorite, writes Damien McGuinness from the BBC in Berlin. But he’s been accused of being inconsistent on lockdown measures, which is why his ratings are at rock bottom. His power struggle with Markus Söder only annoyed voters even more. Mr Laschet believes that once the pandemic is better under control, the polls and his ratings will improve. But there are doubters in the CDU.