The Christian Democratic Union party has elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as party leader, marking the start of a new era for Germany’s ruling party.
Both the parties in German Chancellor Angela Merkel's governing coalition have suffered heavy losses in a regional election, exit polls suggest.
Seven years after it was abolished, Germany is once again debating the topic of compulsory military service.
The issue has been reignited by members of the conservative CDU Party ahead of October's election.
They have suggested holding a referendum on the issue to see what voters think.