Who is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany's CDU?

Infighting hits Merkel's party before vote on successor

"The CDU of the Merkel years is falling apart", it said.

Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer's trump card is her record as former state premier in Saarland, where she led a broad coalition with the Greens and pro-business Free Democrats, alliance-building skills useful in Germany's fractured political landscape.

Mrs Merkel took the party by surprise when she announced in October she would not run for a fourth term as a Chancellor and she would step down as a leader of her party at this year's party convention.

However, she is far from being always politically aligned with the chancellor, and one reason for that might be her background in Püttlingen.

What does she stand for?

But her speech seemed to be an attempt to persuade undecided delegates that the right choice was the more moderate Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely known as "AKK".

She is seen as a pragmatic, level-headed politician, with an unpretentious style and a reputation for calm analysis as well as political acumen.

While she generally supported Merkel's open-door policy towards migrants, she has admitted that grave mistakes have been made, and has pushed for a ban on refugees with criminal convictions being allowed back into Germany. "And she is conservative in social questions such as migration, abortion integration, same-sex marriage".

Since announcing her candidacy, Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer has addressed a range of domestic and global issues. "One inherits the entire package, the positive as well as the negative".

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"This is democratic order, which reflects a self-confident party", she said.

(AAP) Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer reacts as she is elected the new leader of Germany's CDU party. "That's what we want".

The party has long languished in Merkel's shadow and could well decide to jump ship before 2021 to seek to avert further vote debacles - a move that would nearly certainly trigger new elections.

"The Merkel era is palpably coming to an end", political journalist and AKK biographer Kristina Dunz said.

They were said to be reasonably close, and the lack of communication between the two raised eyebrows at the time.

She reported members were full of "pride, frustration, concern and uncertainty".

Handpicked by Merkel as general secretary of the party in February, AKK was immediately seen as the chancellor's anointed crown princess. "Being a people's party can not mean being a kind of all-purpose political shop that offers something for everyone".

"Whether it's the rejection of multilateralism, the return to nationalism, the reduction of global cooperation to deal-making or threatened trade wars. hybrid warfare, destablisation of societies with fake news or the future of our European Union - we Christian Democrats must show in the face of all these challenges what we've got", she said.

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