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Merkel Successor Would Be Thrashed by Greens Leader, Poll Shows

Angela Merkel
Angela MerkelPhotographer: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s political prospects took another blow after a poll suggested the head of Germany’s ruling Christian Democrats would be trounced in a direct election for chancellor by Robert Habeck, a co-leader of the surging Greens party.

Habeck would take 43% of the vote, more than twice as much as Kramp-Karrenbauer with 21%, according to a Civey poll published by Die Welt newspaper on Tuesday. Following a series of missteps, AKK’s approval ratings have slumped since she succeeded Chancellor Angela Merkel as CDU leader in December.