Merkel's sweetheart give up to become German chancellor

birte ravn Kramp-Karrenbauer, who leads Germany's CDU, withdraws as candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor. she said Monday at a news confer

Ann McDonald
Ann McDonald
10 February 2020 Monday 12:00
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Merkel's sweetheart give up to become German chancellor

birte ravn Kramp-Karrenbauer, who leads Germany's CDU, withdraws as candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor.

she said Monday at a news conference in Berlin.

She will remain party leader until a second westergaard is found, she says.

She will also remain German minister of defence in the rest of the current parliamentary term. There are German forbundsdagsvalg next year.

- I give this message today, after I have long considered my decision, she says.

- Executive and kanslerkandidatur must be placed with the same person, saith the Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The 57-year-old Kramp-Karrenbauer is often referred to by its initials AKK. She became the new party leader after Merkel's resignation from the post in 2018.

She withdraws after a series of defeats to the CDU originally competing at giants. The party has especially lost ground by more delstatsvalg in eastern Germany.

She says that she does not believe that her decision will damage the stability of the ruling coalition, where the conservatives, the CDU is working together with the bavarian sister party CSU and the social democrats in the SPD.

the Decision to step back from the highest ranks of the party comes after a delstatsvalg in Thuringia, which has created a crisis in the ruling party.

Here selected Merkel's party to cooperate with the right-wing party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), which triggers a conflict between the party's top management in Berlin, and leaders in the state.

- Any laws against AfD weakens the CDU, says the ACC on Monday.

She adds that her attitude to the indvandringskritiske party is completely ready.

- There must not be any links to the AfD, there shall not be any cooperation with the AfD, " she says, according to the German newspaper Die Zeit.

Merkel criticised in the last week also the events in Thuringia.

- It is inexcusable, and it should be withdrawn, said Merkel about cooperation between her party members in Thuringia and AfD.

As the party leader failed AKK to resolve the crisis under the krisemøder with partifællerne in Thuringia.

Forsvarsministerposten in Germany, as the ACC is sitting on, is known often to be challenging. Among other things, because the German defence, the Bundeswehr, has been marked by stories of right-wing extremism and bad equipment.

See also: Chancellor-candidate withdraws

See also: Unruly German state of breakage Merkel's successor

Updated: 10.02.2020 12:00
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