Mrs Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a CDU board meeting in Berlin last year. Last Monday, Dr Merkel nominated Mrs Kramp-Karrenbauer as the CDU's secretary-general. The premier of the south-western border state of Saa
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Mrs Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a CDU board meeting in Berlin last year. Last Monday, Dr Merkel nominated Mrs Kramp-Karrenbauer as the CDU's secretary-general. The premier of the south-western border state of Saarland now has a foot in the door of the Chancellery despite never having held office at the federal level.
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