Armin Laschet, the candidate from Angela Merkel’s party who is running to succeed her as chancellor, speaks at a press conference in Berlin on Monday. He is a longtime Merkel ally and shares many of her moderate and centrist views, including a pro-refugee stance.

BERLIN, GERMANY – APRIL 26: The CDU chairman of Germany and Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, speaks to media representatives at a press conference in the Konrad-Adenauer-Haus on April 26, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Germany is scheduled to hold federal elections in September. (Photo by Christian Marquardt – Pool/Getty Images)