Germany is struggling to tackle a rise in far-right radicalism which has culminated in attacks including a shooting rampage in Hanau in February when a racist gunman killed 11 people, including migrants and himself.
Annegert Kramp-Karrenbauer has given up her post as Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and is no longer seen as a favourite for Germany’s chancellorship after a political scandal in Thuringia.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, also known as AKK, blamed the "unresolved relationship of parts of the CDU with the (far-right) AfD and (far-left) Left party" for her decision to depart.
Germany used to be the locomotive of Europe - but is now slowing economically. Many believe the Chancellor and her coalition are responsible for the downturn.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel insists she's fit to carry on serving as chancellor through to the end of her term in 2021 while condemning US President Trump's xenophobic tweets against four minority Democratic congresswomen.
"Wherever it is necessary": New Christian Democratic Union chairman Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer signals break with Chancellor Angela Merkel over the future direction of the of the party.
German conservative Annegret Kramp Karrenbauer secures over 51 percent of the party's vote.
Angela Merkel said she would step down as Christian Democratic Union party chief but remain chancellor in October.
There are twelve applicants for Angela Merkel's job. The CDU will now organise an internal election to determine who will lead Germany's conservative political wing for the years to come.
Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU and her SPD coalition partners bleed support in the regional vote and poor results by SPD in Hesse will almost certainly reignite a debate in the party about whether it should pull out of the coalition.
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