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Merkel Decides Her Chosen Successor Isn’t Up to the Job

  • Chosen successor has repeatedly stumbled since taking over CDU
  • New leader fails to boost party support as Merkel stays put
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Angela Merkel has given up hope on her heir apparent and is hunkering down in office in the face of growing turmoil in Germany’s ruling party.

Merkel has decided that Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who took over as leader of the Christian Democratic Union in December, is not up to the country’s top job, according to two officials with knowledge of her thinking. As a result, the chancellor has become more determined than ever to stay in power until her term ends in 2021, the officials said.