New party aide close to Germany's Merkel, but no clone - Yahoo News UKFriday, April 13, 2018
View photosFILE - In this March 27, 2017 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, applauds after she handed over a bunch of flowers to the party's top candidate for Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 2nd left, at the beginning of a party meeting at the headquarter of the German Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in Berlin, Germany, one day after the elections in the German state of Saarland. A congress of Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union is expected to elect Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018 as the party’s general secretary (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)MoreBERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has shown her conservative party that she's still very much in charge and keen to shape its future, installing a close ally who's popular in her own right in a top party post following weeks of muttering over a difficult coalition deal.A congress of Merkel's Christian Democratic Union is expected to elect Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday as the party's general secretary, a week after the chancellor unveiled her surprise choice. The 55-year-old's new job, for which she is stepping down as governor of Saarland state, could put...
Meet Merkel's Possible Successor: From Tiny State to National Party Leadership - Sputnik InternationalThursday, March 15, 2018
AFP 2018/ John MACDOUGALLAngela Merkel is speculated to pave the way for her ”crown princess;” and to secure her legacy as chancellor, she has nominated the head of the state of Saarland, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to be the CDU's next secretary general.Angela Merkel has proposed her close ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who has held the premiership in the tiny state of Saarland since 2011, to be the new general secretary of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), according to inner party sources of the German media.The key party post has become vacant since the former CDU Secretary General Peter Tauber announced he's leaving due to serious bowel illness. The final verdict is to be announced by a party congress in Berlin on February 26, which will also vote on the "loveless" coalition deal with the Social Democratic Party (SPD), which has caused criticism of Angela Merkel for giving up key ministries in the government to counterparts from the SPD.READ MORE: Merkel Tries to Drag Germany Out of Political Deadlock — Coalition DealAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, dubbed AKK by...
New party aide close to Germany's Merkel, but no clone - Tampabay.comThursday, March 15, 2018
Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday as the party's general secretary, a week after the chancellor unveiled her surprise choice. The 55-year-old's new job, for which she is stepping down as governor of Saarland state, could put her in a position to fill Merkel's shoes one day — if she plays her cards right.The change comes at a critical time for the CDU following a lackluster election showing in September. That election saw the nationalist, anti-migrant Alternative for Germany party win seats in parliament for the first time, drawing some votes from conservatives fed up with a leftward drift under Merkel.The chancellor has also just concluded her third coalition deal with the center-left Social Democrats, handing them the powerful finance ministry — to the dismay of many conservatives. That prompted unusually loud public grousing, coupled with calls for fresh faces in the Cabinet.The general secretary, a position that was Merkel's own stepping stone to the party leadership back in 2000, is responsible for day-to-day operations, election campaigns and generally making the party's voice heard in a crowded political landscape."Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer could bring back former CDU members' and voters' feeling of having a political home," the conservative-leaning Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung wrote this week. "But she must rebut the suspicion that she was brought into the office of general secretary as Angela Merkel 2.0."The decision to put forward Kramp-Karrenbauer took a step toward acknowledging the pressure for renewal, though AKK — as she is often known — is only eight years yo...http://www.tampabay.com/new-party-aide-close-to-germanys-merkel-but-no-clone-ap_world050a69f6d90f48998b9edcba28f9a8d6
Germany Frees Suspect In Berlin Christmas Market AttackFriday, October 13, 2017
We must say that we are in a state of war, although some people, who always only want to see good, do not want to see this,” said Klaus Bouillon, interior minister of the state of Saarland and a member of Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU).Horst Seehofer, leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, said: “We owe it to the victims, to those affected and to the whole population to rethink our immigration and security policy and to change it.”“FEAR OF EVIL”The record influx has hit Merkel’s ratings as she prepares to run for a fourth term next year and has boosted support for the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD).AfD leader Frauke Petry said Germany was no longer safe and “radical Islamic terrorism has struck in the heart of Germany”.The incident evoked memories of an attack in Nice, France in July when a Tunisian-born man drove a 19-tonne truck along the beach front, mowing down people who had gathered to watch the fireworks on Bastille Day, killing 86 people. That was claimed by Islamic State.The influx of migrants to the European Union has deeply divided its 28 members and fuelled the rise of populist anti-immigration movements that hope to capitalise on public concerns next year in elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands.On Tuesday morning, investigators removed the black truck from the site for forensic examination. People left flowers at the scene and notes, one of which read: “Keep on living, Berliners!” One woman was crying as she stopped by the flowers.Merkel said Germans must not be cowed by the attack: “We do not want to live paralysed by the fear of evil.”“Even if it is difficult in these hours, we will find the strength for the life we want to live in Germany - free, together and open.”Other European countries said they were reviewing security.Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka called for biometric and fingerprint checks to be introduced along the Balkan route used by many migrants arriving in Europe in order to better control foreign jihadist fighters’ movements.London police said they were reviewing their plans for protecting public events over the festive period.Manfred Weber, head of the centre-right European People’s Party, said: “It’s not an attack on a country; it’s an attack on our way of life, on the free society in which we are allowed to live.”Let's block ads! a href="https...http://www.bing.com/news/apiclick.aspx?ref=FexRss&aid=&tid=0987DBDE4D094F2D95F1D1D1D3421AFA&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.huffingtonpost.com%2fentry%2fmerkel-asylum-seeker-berlin-attack_us_585921abe4b08debb78aeed1&c=3544357387184422562&mkt=en-us