The Saarland, in the far west of Germany, is one of the country's 16 federal states (or Bundesländer). The capital is Saarbrücken. The state is the smallest apart from the city-states Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg.
Saarland has an area of 2,570 km² and its population is approximately 1,012,000. In the past, the region was known for coal mining, but the automobile, steel and ceramic industry now play a central role.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has nominated Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to be the CDU's next secretary general. She will take over from Peter Tauber, who is stepping down due to health reasons.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a key member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's team and premier of Saarland state, has sustained minor injuries in a car crash near Potsdam. Her driver and bodyguards were also taken to hospital.