Friedrich Merz, leadership candidate for the Christian Democrat Union (CDU), gestures while speaking during a campaign event in Luebeck, Germany. (Photographer: Kriztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Merkel's Allies Fear Succession Battle Will Tear Her Party Apart

(Bloomberg) -- As Angela Merkel battled Europe’s multiple crises in 2014, Friedrich Merz was meeting with conservative critics to gripe about her leadership.