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Merkel protege seeks to unite German CDU after divisive leadership battle

08 Dec 2018

HAMBURG Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, sought to bind the party together after a divisive leadership battle by promoting a rival's ally to a key post on Saturday.

Merkel protege Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeds her as German CDU leader

08 Dec 2018

HAMBURG Germany's Christian Democrats elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Friday to replace Angela Merkel as party leader, a decision that moves her into pole position to succeed Europe's most influential leader as chancellor. | Video

Steady as she goes - Merkel 2.0 takes centre stage in Germany

07 Dec 2018

HAMBURG Germany's Christian Democrats have played it safe. By opting for Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel as party leader, they have voted for a centrist who is long on party unity and short on major policy initiatives.

Merkel's party votes for new leader, and new era in Germany

07 Dec 2018

HAMBURG Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats vote on Friday to decide who replaces her as party leader and moves into pole position to succeed her as German chancellor.

Merkel protege suggests blockade of Russian ships over Ukraine crisis

30 Nov 2018

BERLIN The European Union and the United States should consider banning from their ports Russian ships originating from the Sea of Azov after Russia captured three Ukrainian vessels there, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's protege said on Friday.

Merkel protege and old rival battle to lead Germany's ruling party

30 Nov 2018

DUESSELDORF, Germany The race to succeed Angela Merkel as leader of Germany's ruling conservatives, and take pole position to succeed her as chancellor, is going down to the wire.

Playing catch-up, Germany throws money at AI

15 Nov 2018

BERLIN Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture about it, as it seeks to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies.

Merkel taking risk by giving up CDU party chair, protege says

14 Nov 2018

BERLIN Angela Merkel's decision to give up the leadership of her Christian Democrats while staying on as German chancellor is a risk and an experiment, her protege and would-be successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Wednesday.

German economy contracts on weak foreign trade, auto bottleneck

14 Nov 2018

BERLIN Germany's economy contracted for the first time since 2015 in the third quarter as global trade disputes and problems in the auto industry put the traditional growth engine of exports into reverse, raising concerns that a long expansion is faltering. | Video

Germany needs crisis mentality to close digital gap: Merkel ally

13 Nov 2018

BERLIN/FRANKFURT Germany's thriving economy has lulled the country into a false sense of security that is hindering government efforts to close a digital technology gap with other leading economies, Chancellor Angela Merkel's digital czar said on Tuesday.

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