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Leadership of Angela Merkel's CDU tested by state's far-right debacle - DW
Now many in Germany are questioning whether Kramp-Karrenbauer has the party under control.

"Kramp-Karrenbauer's authority looks to be in tatters at the moment. And local party leadership continues to defy orders," said DW's chief political correspondent Melinda Crane, adding that Mike Mohring, head of Thuringia's CDU, seemed determined to block new elections over concern that the CDU could lose even more votes.

"The consequences are very real for the CDU party leadership in Berlin, with junior coalition partner the Social Democrats questioning whether the CDU's leadership is in a position to control members of its own party," said Crane.

The election happened when Merkel was reportedly en route to South Africa. After leaving one day for AKK to clean up the mess - to no avail, Merkel then took the unusual step of commenting on German domestic politics while on an official visit abroad.

Germany AfD: Thuringia PM quits amid fury over far right - BBC

Speaking on a visit to South Africa, Chancellor Merkel said the Thuringia vote had to be reversed.

"It was a bad day for democracy, a day that broke with the long and proud tradition of the CDU's values. This is in no way in line with what the CDU thinks, how we have acted throughout our party's existence," she said.

by Bernard on Fri Feb 7th, 2020 at 10:49:06 PM EST

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