Who will suc­ceed Merkel?

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An­gela Merkel:

Chan­cel­lor for al­most 13 years – her time in of­fice has over­lapped with four French pres­i­dents and four Bri­tish prime min­is­ters.

She has con­firmed that she will step down as Ger­man chan­cel­lor by 2021.

Chris­tian von Stet­ten, 48:

Loud op­po­nent of Merkel’s poli­cies on bail­ing out Greece and open­ing na­tion’s borders to mil­lion­plus mi­grants in 2015.

An­negret Kramp-Kar­ren­bauer, 56:

Close Merkel ally and gen­eral sec­re­tary of CDU has said she is ready to run for CDU lead­er­ship.

Jens Spahn, 38:

Arch-con­ser­va­tive, health min­is­ter and critic of Merkel. Has an­nounced he will stand for party lead­er­ship.

Friedrich Merz, 62:

Long-time ri­val re­garded as more un­com­pro­mis­ingly con­ser­va­tive than Merkel. For­mer par­lia­men­tary leader of CDU is also join­ing race to suc­ceed Merkel.

Sources: Reuters, Spiegel Pic­tures: AP, Getty Images Graphic News/©Gulf News

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