Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU exceeded expectations in Sunday's bellwether local elections in Saarland, Germany's smallest state. DW correspondent Jefferson Chase analyzes the election result.
The Christian Democrats have chosen Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to lead the CDU into its next phase. DW traces the unlikely rise of a conservative with a very long name from one of the most provincial parts of Germany.
In an exclusive interview with DW, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU), has said that she wants Angela Merkel to see out her remaining three years as chancellor.
The moderate pragmatist with the double-barreled name beat out Merkel critic Friedrich Merz in a second-round runoff to take over from the chancellor as party leader. For Merkel herself, it was a late-career victory.
Germany's largest party has elected Chancellor Merkel's close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as its next leader. The party now desperately needs her to shake it up, writes DW Editor-in-Chief Ines Pohl.
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