Angela Merkel, born July 17, 1954, has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005 and leader of the Christian Democrat party, CDU, since 2000.
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The leader of Germany's governing Christian Democrats Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced on Monday that she will not run to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel, scrapping plans for a smooth handover of power. The news came amid political turmoil involving the CDU and the far-right Alternative for Germany party. Keith Walker discusses the latest with DW's political correspondent Thomas Sparrow.
The CDU's flirtation with the far-right populist AfD party in the state of Thuringia has plunged the centre-right party into a deep identity crisis and triggered the resignation of its leader. Nothing less than its future course is at stake. Guests: Matthew Karnitschnig (Politico), Derek Scally (Irish Times), Vendeline von Bredow (Economist)
Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats are facing an inevitable period of infighting and instability following the resignation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The youth wing of the party is staying out of the fray for now.
After CDU party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her forthcoming resignation, the race to succeed her began. NRW State Premier Armin Laschet could follow in her footsteps — and run for the chancellorship, too.