Could Angela Merkel’s successor be Europe’s saviour?

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer beat traditionalists to become CDU leader. She would make a vocally pro-European chancellor. ‘If Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer gets a chance, she would be a vocal leader of Germany and Europe – and less prone to silent procrastination than Merkel.’ … Read More

Germany’s new CDU chief to review liberal Merkel migration policies

BERLIN (Reuters) – The new leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) outlined plans on Sunday to change the party’s migrant policies before next year’s European election, signaling that she could break with her mentor Angela Merkel’s liberal approach. The conservative … Read More

Analysis The Race to Replace Merkel Begins. A Look at Those Vying to Lead Germany’s Top Party

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Three candidates vying to replace chancellor as leader of the center-right party include a Merkel loyalist and an old foe; all must combat rising challenge of liberal and populist parties to their left and right. German chancellor Angela Merkel waving … Read More

Merkel rebuffs German nationalists over migration pact

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech during the budget debate of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, at the Reichstag building in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) (Michael Sohn) BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel on … Read More

German conservatives back Merkel protege for new CDU leader: poll

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Some 35 percent of members of the two conservative parties in Germany’s ruling coalition favor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a protege of Chancellor Angela Merkel, to replace her as leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), a poll showed on … Read More

‘Europe without Angela Merkel is possible’

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Many EU member states did not agree with her refugee policies, others criticized her austerity stance. Brussels now regards Angela Merkel’s step-by-step withdrawal as a chance for new beginnings, says DW’s Bernd Riegert. For many observers in Brussels, the twilight of … Read More

Factbox: Who could wield the knife? Scenarios for a Merkel exit

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Angela Merkel is heading into her final term as German chancellor, a close ally conceded on Monday, intensifying the jockeying over the succession to Europe’s most powerful leader.Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader and German Chancellor Angela Merkel … Read More