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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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