Angela Merkel's party chooses new leader ahead of German election

Angela Merkel's party chooses new leader ahead of German election

Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right party is choosing a new leader this weekend, a decision that will help shape German voters' choice of a successor to Merkel at the helm of the European Union's biggest economy after her 16-year reign. Merkel, now 66, has steered Germany, and Europe, through a series of crises since she took office in 2005. Current leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her resignation last February after failing to impose her authority on the party.

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