Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the successor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, resigned as leader of the Christian Democratic CDU.
She also withdraws as a candidate for the Federal Chancellor. The fuss about the controversial election in the state of Thuringia was perhaps the proverbial drop.
57-year-old Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, also known as AKK in Germany, plans to resign as leader of the Christian Democratic Party CDU.
Nor will she stand as a Chancellor in the 2021 elections. The CDU spokesman said that.
Kramp-Karrenbauer had taken over party chairmanship from Angela Merkel at the end of 2018, for two years.
But her course was not flawless: “She made a few unfortunate statements, had a hard time getting attention, couldn’t win elections and was also under fire internally,” says our German expert Jeroen Reygaert.