Tag: Christian Democratic Union (Germany)

What Comes After the Merkel Era?

BERLIN — On Friday Germany’s Christian Democratic Union, meeting in Hamburg, elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Angela Merkel as the center-right party’s leader. Given the party’s dominant — if recently weakened — position in German politics, Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer will also succeed Ms. Merkel as chancellor by 2021 at the latest. Ms. Kramp-Karrenbauer — or AKK, […]

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Picking Kramp-Karrenbauer as Leader, German Conservatives Choose Continuity

HAMBURG, Germany — German conservatives opted for continuity rather than change on Friday, electing Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, an ally of Angela Merkel, to succeed Ms. Merkel as their party leader and giving her the inside track on becoming the next chancellor of Germany. The vote by delegates of the Christian Democratic Union is the first concrete […]

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It Doesn’t Matter Who Replaces Merkel. Germany Is Broken.

Talk of succession is in the air. After 18 years, Angela Merkel is stepping down as chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union, Germany’s main ruling party since 2005. The party’s conference meets this week in Hamburg to decide her replacement. But whoever follows Ms. Merkel — for many, Europe’s de facto leader — will inherit […]

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Who Will Replace Angela Merkel as German Conservatives’ Leader?

BERLIN — After 18 years under the leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel, delegates of Germany’s conservative party, the Christian Democratic Union, plan to gather in Hamburg on Friday to elect a new leader who will shape the future of the party and the country, where it remains the strongest political force. Over the past month, […]

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‘Already an Exception’: Merkel’s Legacy Is Shaped by Migration and Austerity

CHEMNITZ, Germany — Two weeks after announcing that she would not seek another term, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany was standing in an old locomotive factory in the eastern city of Chemnitz, the scene of far-right protests this year. Outside, 2,500 protesters shouted: “Merkel must go!” Inside, 120 people — more polite but scarcely less […]

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It’s Time for Angela Merkel to Leave

BERLIN — What a springtime for Germany’s conservatives this fall has been. The Christian Democratic Union, the leading center-right party, should be suffering: After months of infighting with other conservatives, followed by steep losses in state elections, its leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel, announced that she was stepping down from her post as the party’s longtime […]

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An Ex-Rival and a Protégée Vie to Replace Merkel as German Conservatives’ Leader

BERLIN — With three weeks until German conservatives vote on a new party leader, a race that has long been a back-room affair has been making headlines across Germany and beyond. As the Christian Democratic Union seeks to replace Angela Merkel, who is stepping down after 18 years, the party, and the country, is keenly […]

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German Minister Fires Divisive Spy Chief, but Still Faces Calls to Step Down

BERLIN — Germany’s interior minister faced calls for his resignation on Tuesday, after his dismissal of a spy chief who had given fuel to right-wing and anti-immigrant sentiment failed to end a monthslong controversy that weakened the government. The intelligence chief, Hans-Georg Maassen, became a hero to the growing far right in September, when he […]

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Who Could Possibly Replace Merkel? Here Are Some Names That Stand Out

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel has reigned as Germany’s — and often Europe’s — leading political power for 13 years. But within hours of her announcement on Monday that she would step down this year as leader of her conservative party, focus had shifted to who could possibly replace her. Ms. Merkel said she would […]

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Angela Merkel Gives Up Party Leadership, Signaling End of an Era in Germany

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said on Monday that she would give up the leadership of her conservative party, the clearest sign yet that the woman who was once Europe’s most powerful leader is preparing her long-expected departure from office. ImageMs. Merkel after being elected as the chairman of the party in 2000.CreditWolfgang […]

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Angela Merkel Gets New Election Setback in Germany

BERLIN — Voters in one of Germany’s most prosperous states punished Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives again on Sunday in an election that was seen as yet another barometer of her and her party’s standing with the German public. The verdict in Hesse state, an apparently tepid, and certainly shrinking, well of support for the chancellor’s […]

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What’s Wrong With Germany’s Social Democrats?

HAMBURG, Germany — What does it take to make a major political party so frustrated with itself that it prefers therapy over governing? The German Social Democrats are mired in a sort of depression. Call it power-phobia. The party governs the country as the junior partner with the center-right Christian Democrats, led by Chancellor Angela […]

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News Analysis: As Voters on Left and Right Rebel, Glimpse of a Post-Merkel Germany

That strategy has paid off for the Greens in Bavaria and beyond, analysts say. “The Greens are the only German party in which the pro-European, refugee-friendly, liberal-democratic attitude is undisputed,” said Arne Jungjohann, a political scientist at the Heinrich Böll Foundation, which is affiliated with the party. “In times of rising populism and growing Nazi […]

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Angela Merkel Could Save Europe. Why Won’t She?

BERLIN — Campaigning in the spring of 2017, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany declared at a packed beer hall in Bavaria that it was time for Europe to “take its destiny into its own hands.” In the face of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, Hungary’s slide into illiberalism and an American president who viewed […]

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