Merkel’s party chooses new leader ahead of German election

Merkel's party chooses new leader ahead of German election

BERLIN (AP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right party picks a new leader this weekend, a move that will help shape German voters’ choice of a successor to Merkel as the head of the largest economy of the European Union after its 16-year reign.

Merkel, now 66, has led Germany and Europe through a series of crises since coming to power in 2005. But she said more than two years ago that she would not run for office. a fifth term as chancellor.

Now her Christian Democratic Union party is looking for her second new leader since leaving that role in 2018. This person will run for chancellor in Germany’s September 26 elections or have a big say in who stands will present.

Current leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her resignation last February after failing to impose her authority on the party. A decision on his successor has been repeatedly delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. Finally, the CDU decided to hold a …

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