CDU (German Christian Democratic Party), the largest governing party in the German coalition, has nominated Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to its new chair post. Friday, the 56-year-old former leader of Germany's smallest state Saarland became the preferred successor to Angela Merkel with a narrow majority of 517 out of 999 delegates.
The plan is for Merkel to continuing as chancellor until the next election in 2021. This is thought to be more likely than if opposition candidate Friedrich Merz had been elected. While the economically liberal and socially conservative Merz has been among Merkel’s most vocal critics, Karrenbauer appears to fall largely in line with Merkel policy, earning the nickname Mini Merkel.
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