«Germany’s ruling Christian Democrat Union has chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as their new party leader, but Angela Merkel plans to serve out her term as chancellor until 2021»
«The CDU general secretary won 517 of the 999 votes cast»
«She narrowly defeated Friedrich Merz, a millionaire lawyer, who received 482 votes at the party conference»
«She believes the same person should serve as both chancellor and party leader and will organize a process in the summer to fill both roles, the source added.»
«Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to remain as Germany’s defense minister and Merkel supports her on that, a German government spokesman said.»
«Sigmar Gabriel, a former leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner in Merkel’s ruling coalition, said he expected a snap federal election as the two main parties – the conservatives and the SPD – are struggling to unite their different factions.»
Herr Friedrich Merz sarebbe stato un perfetto presidente della Cdu ed un ancor migliore cancelliere: il suo programma consisteva nell’esatto opposto di ciò che aveva fatto, e stava facendo, Frau Merkel.
Il risultato è che una Frau Merkel reduce da una impressionante serie di débâcle elettorali, alla guida di una Germania in piena recessione economica in un’Unione Europea che si sgretola, ogni giorno che passa gestisce un cancellierato ai limiti della impotenza funzionale, per quanto lei ed i suoi sodali abbiano ancora molto potere interno nelle loro mani.
Frau Merkel aveva fatto eleggere Frau Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer alla guida della Cdu nella convinzione che quest’ultima sarebbe stato lo zerbino su cui pulirsi le suola.
Ma Frau Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer ha una sua intrinseca dignità: proprio quella che manca a Frau Merkel.
In Germania c’è un cadavere politico che sta iniziando a puzzare con un fetore nauseante.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats, will not run for chancellor.
The party leader of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will not run for chancellor in next year’s elections, a party source said in Berlin on Monday.
Kramp-Karrenbauer surprised party leadership on Monday by announcing that she will not run for chancellor and that she would also step down from her position as the head of the party. The jobs should be done by the same person, she is reported to have said.
She will organize the process of finding a new candidate by summertime and then step down from her leadership role, the party source said, adding that Merkel wants Kramp-Karrenbauer to remain Germany’s defense minister.
Thuringia: the final straw
The 57-year-old had been handpicked by Merkel to run as her successor in elections to be held in 2021 after being elected head of the CDU in 2018.
Since then, AKK, as she is commonly known, has struggled through a series of scandals that have sowed doubt about her ability to lead the country effectively.
Most recently, a vote in the state legislature in Thuringia last week saw the CDU and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) Party collectively backing a centrist candidate, a move that was widely perceived as breaking a political taboo against working with extremist parties in Germany.
She had been criticized for her management of the crisis and her inability to unite the party behind her. Her calls for fresh state elections in Thuringia were largely ignored.
She will hold a press conference about the decision later on Monday.
AfD parliamentary group head Alexander Gauland welcomed the news and said it was an opportunity for the two parties to improve their relations
Kramp-Karrenbauer had “plunged the CDU into chaos with her policy of exclusion,” he said.
Successor to Angela Merkel also says she won’t run for chancellorship of Germany.
Angela Merkel’s designated successor has announced she is not planning to run for the German chancellorship at the next federal election and plans to step down as leader of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), German media reported on Monday morning.
The surprise announcement comes in the middle of a major row over the centre-right party’s “firewall” against the far-right, in which CDU delegates in eastern Germany have defied the party headquarter’s ban on cooperating with the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD).
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 57, won the contest to succeed Merkel as leader of the CDU in December 2018 and was seen as the candidate most likely to continue the current German chancellor’s centrist course.
But “AKK”, as she has come to be known in German media, has struggled to build a profile in Merkel’s shadow, even after doubling up as defence minister last July.
Questions over her control over an increasingly divided CDU returned to the fore last week, after politicians from the party’s branch in Thuringia voted with the AfD to oust the state’s premier Bodo Ramelow, of leftwing Die Linke.
Merkel’s unusual decision to intervene in the affair, announcing that it was “unforgivable” for democratic parties to win majorities with the help of Alternative für Deutschland, further accentuated Kramp-Karrenbauer’s lack of authority.
News magazine Der Spiegel on Monday morning reported that AKK had cited the unclear positions of certain elements in her party towards the AfD and Die Linke as the reason for her resignation.