STOIBER BRIEFS THE MEDIA IN MAGDEBURG.
Edmund Stoiber, chairman of Bavaria's Christian Social Union party
(CSU) briefs the media prior to a board meeting with the CSU's sister
party Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) in the eastern German city
of 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 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.