Merkel protege AKK given defence job seen as poisoned chalice

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeds new EU commission president Ursula von der Leyen as German defence minister

Angela Merkel’s favoured successor as chancellor has been appointed Germany’s new defence minister in an unexpected and potentially risky move after Ursula von der Leyen’s confirmation as European commission president.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely known in Germany as AKK, formally took over the role during a ceremony on Wednesday, a day after MEPs narrowly backed Von der Leyen’s nomination, and will swear her oath of office in the Bundestag next week.

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