Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Merkel’s successor as CDU leader

Winner of party vote tipped to become Germany’s next chancellor and Europe’s most powerful politician

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a staunchly Catholic conservative career politician, has been elected as the successor to Angela Merkel as leader of Germany’s Christian Democrats.

Kramp-Karrenbauer won by just 25 votes following a nail-biting second round run-off against her main opponent, the multi-millionaire businessman Friedrich Merz.

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