New leader

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Af­ter 18 years, Ger­many’s rul­ing Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union has a new leader. On 29 Oc­to­ber, fol­low­ing cat­a­strophic re­sults in re­cent state elec­tions and flag­ging poll num­bers, Ger­man Chan­cel­lor, An­gela Merkel, chose to re­sign as the CDU leader. An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer was elected to suc­ceed her in early De­cem­ber. A close ally of An­gela Merkel’s – who of­fi­cially backed her dur­ing the suc­ces­sion cam­paign –, An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer is an eco­nomic cen­trist in favour of Ger­many’s min­i­mum wage, but has con­ser­va­tive so­cial views.

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