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German Chancellor and Leader of German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel dare after his final speech as a party leader on…

German Chancellor and Leader of German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel dare after his final speech as a party leader on Friday in Hamburg, Germany.

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German Chancellor and Leader of German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel dare for his latest speech as a party leader on Friday in Hamburg, Germany.

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In an emotional farewell to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Christian Democratic Party’s delegates gathered to choose a successor in Hamburg, the town where Merkel was born.

Merkel, 64, will pass the relay to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, 56-year-old secretary of the CDU and strong chancellor of the Chancellor. “AKK”, as some Germans called her her to avoid shedding her name, was Merkel’s preferred candidate, at least according to many German media and analysts, because Chancellors never publicly approved anyone. Kramp-Karrenbauer narrowly defeated fellow member, Friedrich Merz – Merkel’s constant rival and the former leader of the party’s parliamentary group.

Before the vote, Merkel looked a bit tired and unequivocally stumble over her words during her 30-minute speech before the vote.

Note, but Merkel kept her message simple and straightforward as she has over 18 years as leader of the Christian Democrats. She even took a moment to poke calmly for herself to be nonsense and “dry.”

During his speech, Merkel invited the party to join forces to show the Germans that it could lead their country through turbulent times with increasing polarization and crises such as war, terrorist attacks and climate change. Merkel said that the CDU is well suited to do it if it is consistent with its core values, but is open to change and looking forward to the future instead of the past.

“Now is the time to open a new chapter,” and take in new leadership, Merkel said. “At the moment, I feel overwhelming gratitude. It was a great pleasure for me, it was an honor for me.”

Delegates rose and delivered a long ovation to their long-term leader, with some holding up signs that simply said: “Thank you, the boss.” Merkel went back to the scene to recognize the crowd several times with knots, smiles and waves. She eventually returned to the microphone and reminded the delegates that they still had “a lot of work to do.” And so did the three-gang leader of Merkel’s successor be warmed up.

In the first round of voting day, Kramp-Karrenbauer came first and received 450 delegated votes, but she did not get the majority. So a retrenchment was held between her and the second highest voice-goat Merz. The 63-year-old Merz advocates a more conservative, tougher attitude towards the party than Merkel, and in recent weeks he has advocated a more comrade approach to silence them at the CDU center.

Kramp-Karrenbauer defeated Smalt Merz in the rounds of water with 517 valor to his 482. After the results were published, a tough Kramp-Karrenbauer Merkel hugged and gave her a peck on the cheek. Merkel, a mentor of the newly elected successor, largely enrolled and looked happier than she has had for months when she is facing a less political turbulent transition when she survives the government’s thoughts at the end of her mandate as Chancellor in 2021. [19659008] Kramp-Karrenbauer, formerly premiere of the small German state of Saarland and quite new to the national political scene, is quite sure to be the CDU’s subsequent candidate for chancellors in the national German election. But mom to three inherit the difficult task of ending CDU’s lack of view over the last three years in local, regional and national elections and to win back hundreds of thousands of voters.

Most of them disappeared to the right option for Germany over Merkel’s controversial decision to openly welcome asylum seekers back 2015 when hundreds of thousands of Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans and Others came to Germany and other EU countries to escape war and poverty.

After his victory, Kramp-Karrenbauer immediately extended an olive branch to Merz and her other important opponents, German health service Jens Spahn. [19659008] “There is room for both in this party,” said Kramp-Karrenbauer, adding that the renewed confidence in his party that was raised in the Germans “must continue and must be linked to the goal that unites us all, to preserve and shape our great people party. “

Some German observers predict that while her CDU party joins her in the next few years, Kramp-Karrenbauer has a long way forward to convince German voters and the larger European Union that she can be so stabilizing and powerful a chancellor like Merkel.

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