Angela Merkel's CDU thrown into a deep fight over its political direction

A photo taken on Dec 7, 2018, shows Germany's then conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) newly elected leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (left) as she is congratulated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the CDU congress in Hamburg, Germany.PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN - It was all well planned out: Step-by-step, Angela Merkel would leave the political stage knowing that her legacy will be preserved and in good hands.

In December 2018 she resigned as party chair, enthroning her loyal and politically centrist follower Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as successor. The former general secretary of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) was also designated to run for Chancellor once Dr Merkel would be gone.

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