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  Markus Söder: The prince of Bavaria
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AuthorMatthew Karnitschnig
News DateFriday, April 16, 2021 09:05:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionBERLIN — A 54-year-old Bavarian Bible thumper who fathered a love child and enjoys dressing in campy costumes might sound like the last person one would expect to become the rock star of German conservatism.

But then the normal rules of the game have never applied to Markus Söder, one of the two conservative contenders vying for Angela Merkel’s throne.

Like the other leading lights of contemporary populism — from Donald Trump to Boris Johnson to Matteo Salvini — Söder makes up for what he lacks in substance with the power of his gargantuan personality. Considered by some to be the most talented German politician of his generation, Söder’s charisma and charm have proved irresistible to voters well beyond his Bavarian homeland.
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