30 Facts About Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer

1. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is the favorite to run for chancellor in the next election, though that isn't automatic.

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2. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is promising to give her party the first say in discussing policies, rather than digesting decisions already made by the government.

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3. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer served for years as the governor of Saarland state, a western border region with strong ties to neighboring France, Germany's traditional partner in leading European integration.

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4. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said she had decided to step down as Saarland premier and take up her new job in "one of the most difficult political phases in the history of the German federal republic so far".

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5. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer commands respect in the party for her serious, factual approach to policymaking.

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6. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was born on August 9, 1962 in the federal state of Saar on the border with France and Luxembourg.

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7. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the competition to succeed Merkel "has given us lift.

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8. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has talked tough on immigration issues in recent weeks, but warned that endlessly rehashing the debate about Merkel's 2015 decision on migrants is a turn-off for voters.

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9. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was the first woman to be a German state's interior minister, or top security official, and served as the governor of western Saarland state, defying expectations to win re-election by a wide margin last year.

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10. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has shown a greater willingness than Merkel to cater to conservative rhetoric, and on Friday rejected the notion that she would be a Merkel clone.

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11. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said she wants to ensure that the CDU avoids the fate of shrinking center-right parties in France and elsewhere.

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12. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is married to a mining engineer and has three children.

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13. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2012.

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14. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is 56 and Merz 63, only a year younger than the chancellor.

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15. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is a close Merkel ally but has taken a firmer stance on Russia's actions in recent days.

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16. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was the state premier of Saarland from 2011 to 2018 and was Merkel's favorite to be successor.

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17. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has differentiated herself from Merkel on social and foreign policy by voting in favour of quotas for women on corporate boards and taking a tougher line on Russia.

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18. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will maintain the policies of Merkel and will not push Merkel out of office.

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19. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected by the CDU party congress in the second ballot by a narrow majority to the new CDU chairmen.

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20. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is said to have a similar style to Merkel: soft-spoken but determined and pragmatic, with a record of finding political solutions.

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21. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer supports the EU and the transatlantic alliance and seems more hawkish than Merkel.

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22. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer beat millionaire businessman Friedrich Merz in the second round.

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23. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has an 18-year unbroken track record of holding positions of responsibility within the CDU.

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24. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer criticized German-supported Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline that would allow Germany to effectively double the amount of gas it imports from Russia, saying that Nord Stream 2 "is not just an economic project but a political one".

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25. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is widely perceived as a ideological outlier in the CDU.

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26. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was a CDU delegate to the Federal Convention to elect the president of Germany in 2012 and 2017.

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27. At the national level, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer served as Commissioner of the Federal Republic of Germany for Cultural Affairs under the Treaty on Franco-German Cooperation between 2011 and 2014.

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28. In January 2012, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer ended a coalition that included the right-leaning Free Democratic Party, and blamed the party for "dismantling itself.

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29. In January 2011, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was named as Muller's successor, who became a judge at the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany.

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30. In 1998, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer replaced another member in the Bundestag for about seven months before losing that seat in the national elections the same year.

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