Merkel 'heir' AKK to resign after Thuringia vote fiasco
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The leader of Germany's governing Christian Democratic Union has said she is stepping down. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as AKK, had been tipped to succeed Angela Merkel, but her year as CDU leader was marked by a series of blunders undermining her authority. AKK's decision to give up the party leadership means she will not stand as the chancellor candidate.