Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, President of the Christian Democratic Union, has refused to run for the German Chancellor. This was reported by German news agencies on Monday, February 10, concerning unnamed interlocutors in party circles familiar with the situation.
According to them, Kramp-Karrenbauer intends to organize the election of a CDU candidate for the post of German Chancellor by the summer, “prepare the party for the future” and then “leave the post of Chairman” of the CDU, which she has held since December 2018.
At the same time, the current head of the German government, Angela Merkel, wants Kramp-Karrenbauer to remain in a Ministerial position, according to the Agency’s interlocutors. The CDU Chairman has been the German defense Minister since July 2019.
The election of the Chancellor is due to take place in 2021. In July 2019, Angela Merkel said that she would not take part in them and noted that at the end of her term of office, she would have a “different life” that she would like to live just as well.
Merkel’s successor as leader of the German Christian democratic Union is Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Party members elected her last December. Before that, she was the General Secretary of the party. The CDU Chairman is an important position in Germany. Those who hold this position usually become party candidates for the post of Chancellor in the next Bundestag election.