It’s Been an Hon­our, says Merkel as Party Picks New Leader

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An­gela Merkel bowed out as leader of her Chris­tian Democrats on Fri­day with an emo­tional speech to her con­ser­va­tive party as it met to pick her suc­ces­sor who will move into pole po­si­tion to be­come Ger­many’s next chan­cel­lor. The fron­trun­ners are An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer, a Merkel pro­tege seen as the con­ti­nu­ity can­di­date, and Friedrich Merz, a Merkel ri­val who has ques­tioned the con­sti­tu­tional guar­an­tee of asy­lum to all “po­lit­i­cally per­se­cuted” and be­lieves Europe’s big­gest econ­omy should con­trib­ute more to the Euro­pean Union. Merkel said in Oc­to­ber she would step down as party chief but re­main chan­cel­lor, an ef­fort to man­age her exit af­ter a series of set­backs since her di­vi­sive de­ci­sion in 2015 to keep Ger­man bor­ders open to refugees flee­ing war in the Mid­dle East. Merkel, 64, told the CDU congress in Ham­burg of her grat­i­tude for the chance to have served as party chief for 18 years, 13 as chan­cel­lor in which she came to dom­i­nate Euro­pean pol­i­tics as its key cri­sis man­ager and con­sen­sus-builder. “It has been a great plea­sure for me, it has been an hon­our,” she said to a stand­ing ova­tion last­ing nearly 10 min­utes, and fight­ing to hold back tears. Reuters

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