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Will Merkel Leave Germany Fit for the Future? Probably Not

  • New party chief means chancellor’s reign is coming to an end
  • List of challenges for Europe’s economic engine are growing
Angela Merkel 

Angela Merkel 

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Angela Merkel’s play-it-safe approach to running Germany’s economy sidelined major initiatives, leaving a growing list of challenges for the next chancellor.

With Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer winning a hotly contested vote to succeed Merkel as head of the Christian Democratic party, the chancellor’s transition out of power has begun after 13 years. While Germany’s economy still enjoys record-low unemployment and budget surpluses, cracks -- from the auto industry’s electric-car struggles to decaying infrastructure -- are becoming increasingly evident.