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Merkel's Aspiring Successors Stress Common Ground in First Debate

The three candidates competing to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) agreed on Thursday to revive their party's fortunes by cutting taxes and reducing Germany's dependence on the United States for defense. In a strikingly good-humored three-hour debate in the northern city of Luebeck, the first of eight meetings with party grass roots across Germany before a leadership vote on Dec. 7, the rivals barely clashed on broad...

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