Demise of AKK throws Merkel's placid path to retirement off course

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer resignation rips up CDU’s plans for post-Merkel era

The year 2020 was meant to be a relatively quiet time in Europe’s largest economy.

With regular elections only scheduled for the city state of Hamburg, where the centre-left remains strong and the far-right Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) is projected to get an underwhelming 7% share of the vote, Angela Merkel’s last full year in power promised to be a stable pathway into her political retirement. A good time to focus, at last, on urgent geopolitical challenges: Trump, China, the eurozone.

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