The CDU is a member of the Centrist Democrat International, the International Democrat Union, and the European People's Party (EPP). It is the largest party in the EPP with 23 MEPs. Ursula von der Leyen, the current President of the European Commission, is also a member of the CDU.
The Christian Democratic Union of Germany (German: Christlich-Demokratische Union Deutschlands, CDU) was an East German political party founded in 1945. It was part of the National Front with the Socialist Unity Party of Germany (SED) and a bloc party until 1989.
Die CDU ist die Volkspartei der Mitte. Unser Kompass ist das christliche Bild vom Menschen und wir glauben an den Zusammenhalt unserer Gesellschaft. Deshalb stellen wir das Verbindende über das Trennende. Wir übernehmen Verantwortung. In 50 von 70 Jahren Bundesrepublik Deutschland war der Bundeskanzler einer von uns. Und die Bundeskanzlerin.
Friedrich Merz. The December 2021 Christian Democratic Union leadership election was held in December 2021. The leader of the party was elected indirectly by a party convention, for the first time the CDU held a vote by the membership to decide the candidate which the party's executive board proposed to the party convention.
The Leader of the Christian Democratic Union ( Vorsitzender der Christlich Demokratischen Union) is the most senior political figure within the Christian Democratic Union of Germany. Since 31 January 2022, the office has been held by Friedrich Merz, who succeeded Armin Laschet. 
The Christian Democratic Union of Germany or Christlich Demokratische Union Deutschlands (CDU) is one of the two main right of centre political parties in Germany. It describes itself as a Christian democratic, liberal and conservative party of the centre.
The January 2021 Christian Democratic Union leadership election took place on 15 January 2021 at the party's 33rd Congress to elect the leader of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany . The election was triggered by the resignation of leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in February 2020.