Merkel pro­tegee launches lead­er­ship bid

Taranaki Daily News - - World -

The Ger­man chan­cel­lor’s pro­tegee has launched her party lead­er­ship cam­paign with a dec­la­ra­tion that the An­gela Merkel era is over.

An­negret Kramp Kar­ren­bauer, who is re­ferred to as ‘‘Mini-Merkel’’ by some news­pa­pers due to her po­lit­i­cal close­ness to the leader, is re­garded as the most lib­eral of the three cred­i­ble can­di­dates to take over the cen­tre-right Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union (CDU).

Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer said yes­ter­day that she would give up her post as the party’s gen­er­alsec­re­tary to ded­i­cate her­self to the con­test.

She sought to step out from her men­tor’s shadow, stress­ing that the CDU needed to re­new it­self and re­store vot­ers’ sense of be­long­ing to the Ger­man home­land af­ter 13 years of Merkel’s reign as chan­cel­lor.

‘‘An era has come to an end,’’ she said. ‘‘We have a lot to thank An­gela Merkel for ... but such an era can­not sim­ply carry on as long as you like.

‘‘We need to work out a way for peo­ple here to feel at home – peo­ple who have lived here a long time and peo­ple who have ar­rived more re­cently. ’’ – The Times

An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren bauer

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