Armin Laschet, CDU/CSU candidate for Chancellor, CDU Federal Chairman and Minister President of North Rhine-Westphalia, speaks at the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, August 25, 2021.
REUTERS/Michele TantussiBERLIN, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The conservative candidate to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel plans to pick five close allies to champion a key policy theme each in an effort to revive his campaign ahead of the Sept. 26 election, party sources said on Monday.
Laschet has been under fire since he was caught on camera laughing during a visit last month to a town hit by devastating floods.
In a drive to turn around his fortunes, Laschet wants to present his five-theme plan to the CDU leadership on Monday, party sources said, confirming a report in Die Welt newspaper.
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