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CDU-Chefin Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will nach Informationen mehrerer Medien auf eine Kanzlerkandidatur verzichten und den Parteivorsitz in absehbarer Zeit abgeben.

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Kramp-Karrenbauer war im Zuge der umstrittenen Ministerpräsidentenwahl in Thüringen in die Kritik geraten. Von verschiedenen Seiten wurde ihr Führungsschwäche attestiert - zum einen da es überhaupt zu der Wahl des FDP-Kandidaten Thomas Kemmerich mit Stimmen der CDU und der AfD gekommen war, zum anderen weil es ihr bei der Aufarbeitung des Konflikts nicht gelungen war, sich mit ihrer Linie in der Thüringer CDU durchzusetzen.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 09:12:15 AM EST
Guardian version in English:
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to quit as CDU leader amid far-right 'firewall' row

You can't claim to be a "leader" if no-one follows.

by IdiotSavant on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 12:07:36 PM EST
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AP version in AP-US-Eng
German politics upended as Merkel's HEIR APARENT quits
Germany's Manfred Weber, who heads the center-right bloc [!] in the European Parliament, told German daily Welt that the situation shows Europe "is in a phase of growing instability, politics is becoming more serious."

"I regret the withdrawal of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer," Weber said. "In general. it is a sign of growing instability among the parties of the middle [!] all across Europe. The parties of the middle must draw their red line to those with radical right tendencies.... this approach from Kramp-Karrenbauer was and is correct."

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Merkel has said she will not run for a fifth term [!] in Germany's next general election, which is now scheduled for fall 2021. But any shift to the right in Merkel's party could trigger a breakup of her federal coalition with the center-left Social Democrats and increase the chances of an early national election.
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"Whoever becomes the new chairman of the CDU needs to ensure that the party remains a reliable partner," Heiko Maas, a member of the Social Democrats, tweeted. "This means the party must draw a line between itself and far-right extremists at all levels."
by Cat on Mon Feb 10th, 2020 at 06:20:42 PM EST
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