Why was she forced to step down? Kramp-Karrenbauer said she did not have the full backing of the party, and that was borne out by events in Thuringia, where she had expressly ordered the CDU’s delegates not to cooperate with the AfD but they did so anyway. The fallout continued when Kramp-Karrenbauer called for new elections to take place in the state but was ignored by local party leaders. She had little choice but to resign. Her rivals within the party, who made it clear they would not support her, are expected to run against her for the office. … [Read more...] about Germany’s political crisis: how did it start and what comes next?
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A similar disruption can't be discerned from the CDU's youth organization. Though the members of the Junge Union (Young Union) generally profess even more conservative views than the party's leadership, they have so far been quiet on the issue of what direction the CDU should take post-Merkel. JU leader Tilman Kuban, for example, has not offered an opinion on who he thinks should succeed Kramp-Karrenbauer. … [Read more...] about Merkel’s party struggles with identity crisis in wake of CDU leader’s departure
“It’s completely right … to say there will be no form of cooperation with the AfD, because this party does not sufficiently distant itself from positions and groups that we really can have nothing to do with,” he told Die Zeit. “At the same time the CDU ... against the backdrop of the past, is not prepared to enter a coalition with Die Linke. Now we have a situation where the AfD and Die Linke have more than 50% [of the vote] ... and a government must be enabled, if necessary a minority government, like we see in other European states.” … [Read more...] about Germany’s CDU wrestles with move towards far right or the left
Senior German conservatives warn that leaving the question of the leadership unresolved until after the summer break would risk spreading the CDU’s paralysis across the affairs of the EU. In July, Germany officially takes over the task of chairing meetings of the council of the EU and determining its agendas on issues ranging from Brexit to the European Green Deal. … [Read more...] about Fears grow that CDU crisis in Germany could spread across EU
It’s only fair at this point to turn the question around and ask: what does Europe and the world want from Germany? In a week that marked the 75th anniversary of the Dresden atrocity, this is a fraught subject. It could prove a classic case of be careful what you wish for. … [Read more...] about Germany is weakened by doubt just as Europe looks to it for a strong lead