BERLIN – Röttgen in the race to succeed AKK as CDU chief

Chair for the Bundestag Committee on Foreign Affairs, Norbert Röttgen, has joined the race to become ruling conservative party CDU’s new leader, after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announced her intention to resign as party leader on 10 February.

While he has presented a six-point plan that aims to bring the CDU back “into the middle” and create a “dialogue on democracy” without turning back to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s policies, which he has openly criticised, Röttgen is the only minister to have been dismissed by the chancellor during his stint as environment minister from 2009 to 2012, after he refused to lead the opposition in his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia after the CDU lost to the Social Democrats (SPD) in 2012. (Sarah Lawton |

Read also: “BERLIN – Speculation over AKK’s CDU successor in Germany“.

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