STOIBER AND MERKEL MEET IN MAGDEBURG.
Edmund Stoiber (L), chairman of Bavaria's Christian Social Union party
(CSU) exchanges a handshake with Angela Merkel chairwoman of the CSU's
sister party Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) in Magdeburg
January 12, 2002.
Stoiber, 60, the experienced governor of Bavaria will lead the
conservative opposition parties in their effort to defeat Chancellor
Gerhard Schroeder's of the Social Democrats in September general
elections. Stoiber won the nomination after the leader of the largest
opposition party, Angela Merkel, withdrew her bid, ending a two-way
battle over the conservatives' direction marked by intrigue and
backbiting. Merkel said she would help Stoiber run the campaign.