GERMANY: As CDU soul searching continues, the winner might be Merkel

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Outgoing Christian Democrats (CDU) chief Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (AKK) announced yesterday, 24 February, that the search for a new leader would be expedited. Rather than at the regular CDU conference at the end of the year, the new party leader will be chosen at a special conference on 25 April. The prospects of a negotiated or “team” solution between the various contenders for AKK’s succession are now entirely off the table. With AKK no longer even in charge of the timeline, there is nobody who could broker such a deal. Moreover, intra-party pressure for a decision by late April i
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