After Angela A New Leader in the Race to Succeed Merkel

For years, it was assumed that German Chancellor Angela Merkel would seek to hand the reins of party leadership over to Ursula von der Leyen. But lately, a new face has emerged in the mix: Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.
Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

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Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has fallen out of favor with Merkel.

Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has fallen out of favor with Merkel.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulating Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer after state elections last March.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulating Saarland Governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer after state elections last March.

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German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen

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Merkel detractor Jens Spahn

Merkel detractor Jens Spahn

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