Ironically, among the friends of the competition, the choice of the year has to do without any competition at all. Yet again. For the sixth time, Christian Lindner is running for chairman at the FDP party conference this week. rival candidates? Not in sight. Lindner runs with the Liberals without competition. He is about to slip on the yellow sweater vest of party history.

If he is elected, which no one doubts, he will overtake Guido Westerwelle by the end of the year and even Hans-Dietrich Genscher a few months later. Lindner would then be the FDP chairman with the longest tenure. A man in his prime – and already a veteran.

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