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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, sometimes referred to by her initials of AKK, is a German politician serving as Minister of Defence since July 2019 and Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since the 2018 leadership election, succeeding Angela Merkel.
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German minister, on Trump's troop pullout plan, says security not a commoditySecurity is not a commodity to be traded, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday in reaction to U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to cut the number of U.S. troops in..
Merkel's party likely to delay leadership vote until December: CDU chiefGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) will likely delay the election of a new leader until December due to the coronavirus, current leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer..
German army on standby to help with coronavirus crisisThe German military is making preparations to help with efforts to tackle the coronavirus crisis should other civil servant organisations become overwhelmed with the outbreak, Defence Minister Annegret..
Sixteen people running to become leader of Merkel's party: reportThere are 16 people running to replace Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer as leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), the Funke newspaper group on Friday cited sources in the party..
Merkel: I won't interfere in search for next leader of my partyGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that she would not interfere in the search for the next leader of her Christian Democrats (CDU) after the incumbent, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, said..
Carnival-going Germans mock Kramp-Karrenbauer over far-right fiascoGerman carnival revelers are milking the opportunity to mock Christian Democrat (CDU) leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer over her failure to stop the party siding with the far right in a regional..
Leader of Merkel's conservatives to propose a successor on February 24: reportAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will suggest a successor for her role as leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) on Feb. 24, German magazine Focus said on its website.
Let's stick together on security, Germany's Kramp-Karrenbauer tells UKThe EU and Britain have a shared interest in retaining close security ties after Brexit, Germany's defense minister told Reuters in an interview.
Conservative Merz plans to run for German CDU chair: mediaConservative Friedrich Merz plans to run for the leadership of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said this week she would give up the post, Focus Online and Bild..
Germany's Kramp-Karrenbauer steps up CDU succession planningGermany's Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will meet contenders to replace her as Christian Democrat (CDU) leader next week, she told Reuters, forging ahead with the succession process after senior party..
Merkel allies press for swift resolution of succession questionSenior members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives called on Tuesday for a swift decision on who should lead the party and be its next chancellor candidate after her protegee Annegret..
German's Merkel loses control of her own successionWith the resignation of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer the race for next chancellor appears wide open.
Germany may face early Merkel exit, election after protegee stands asideChancellor Angela Merkel's plan for an orderly succession is in ruins and the chances of an early election in Germany have risen after her conservative protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, gave up her..
Germany's Merkel regrets protegee's decision to step downChancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she regretted the decision of her protegee Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer not to stand as their party's candidate for the chancellorship in Germany's next federal..
Merkel protegee Kramp-Karrenbauer confirms she won't run for chancellorAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU), on Monday confirmed she would not run for chancellor in next year's federal election but added that she would..
Factbox: Potential candidates to succeed Kramp-Karrenbauer as German conservative leaderAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Chancellor Angela Merkel's protegee and leader of their conservative Christian Democrats (CDU), will not run for chancellor in Germany's federal election next year, a source..
Merkel regrets her protegee's decision not to run for chancellor: sourceChancellor Angela Merkel regrets that her protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has decided not to run for chancellor in Germany's federal election next year, a participant at a meeting of their..
Merkel supports Kramp-Karrenbauer in her desire to remain defense minister: spokesmanAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wants to remain German defense minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel supports her in that, a spokesman for the German government said on Monday.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Favourite to replace Merkel stands downCDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer will not go forward to take over as chancellor, reports say.
Merkel protegee will remain CDU chair until a chancellor candidate is found: sourceAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) who on Monday said she would not run for chancellor next year, will remain chair of the party until another candidate..
Kramp-Karrenbauer, leader of Merkel's CDU, won't run for chancellor: sourceAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and her protegee, will not run for chancellor in next year's federal election, a source in..
Merkel protegee struggles to assert control after far-right rowChancellor Angela Merkel's would-be successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, struggled to assert her control over her conservative party on Friday after a regional branch defied her by backing a local..
German minister wants close security ties with post-Brexit BritainGermany wants to deepen trade ties with London and continue close cooperation on security and defence projects after Britain's divorce from the European Union, Defence Minister Annegret..
Iran has responsibility to de-escalate tensions with U.S.: GermanyIran should avoid escalation in the Middle East after the U.S. killed one of its top military commanders, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Tuesday, blaming the Islamic..
Germany's Kramp-Karrenbauer stands by coalition after SPD voteGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's would-be successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, urged the Social Democrats on Sunday to remain part of the government with the Christian Democrats, adding the current..
Merkel successor Kramp-Karrenbauer threatens to quit and wins ovationUnder pressure leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer comes out fighting at the CDU congress in Germany.
Back me or sack me, protege of Germany's Merkel tells her partyChancellor Angela Merkel's would-be successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, urged delegates from her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to back her vision for Germany at their party congress on Friday or..
Senior Christian Democrats rally behind would-be successor to Germany's MerkelSenior members of Germany's ruling party are rallying around their leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, before a weekend congress at which she hopes to show she is the right person to succeed Angela..
After Brexit, let's formalize the 'E3' European security trio: German ministerThe "E3" group of major West European countries that cooperated on Iran policy should be formalized after Britain's planned departure from the European Union, German Defense Minister Annegret..
Germany's Kramp-Karrenbauer wants Merkel to stay until 2021There is no reason for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to leave office before her planned departure in 2021, her protegee and would-be successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said as they both face..
Merz more popular than Merkel protege Kramp-Karrenbauer: pollMore German voters would like to see Friedrich Merz as head of the ruling center-right Christian Democrats (CDU) than current leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, protege of Chancellor Angela Merkel,..
Merkel's conservatives descend into infighting after vote routGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel and her protege Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer are facing open criticism from fellow conservatives after a state vote rout that threatens to blow open the question of who..
German conservative leader faces rebellion after election trouncingGerman conservative leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday faced a rebellion by party members angry at a humiliating election result in eastern Thuringia state where the Christian Democrats (CDU)..
Germany discussed idea of northern Syria security zone with NATO's StoltenbergNATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday he had spoken to German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer about her idea to create a security zone in northern Syria, saying he..
Germany proposes security zone for northern SyriaGerman Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer on Monday suggested the creation of a security zone in northern Syria to protect displaced civilians and ensure that the fight continues against..
Doubts grow over Merkel's heir apparent as German chancellorAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer's path to succeed Angela Merkel as Germany's chancellor seemed clear when she replaced her as leader of the governing Christian Democrats (CDU) last December.
Germany's Merkel successor hopeful Kramp-Karrenbauer dealt setback by young conservativesThe youth wing of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives voted on Friday in favor of a members' ballot on who should be the bloc's next chancellor candidate, dealing a setback to front-runner..
Pressed by Trump over defense, Germany says can pay more for NATO running costsGermany is willing to contribute more to NATO's running costs as long as other allies also step up to help reduce the United States' share of funding, German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer..
German minister, asked about Syria, expects NATO partners to contribute to stabilityGermany expects all NATO partners to contribute to stabilizing a region, Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Friday when asked about Turkey's military operations in Syria.
Germany's CDU leader lacks support to become chancellor: pollAnnegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, chairwoman of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) is not trusted enough by voters to become the country's next leader, a poll published by tabloid Bild showed on Saturday.
Germany warns against early troop withdrawal from AfghanistanA withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan could see the country falling back under the strict Islamic rule of the Taliban, German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said on Saturday.
Eyeing power, Merkel protegee starts high-stakes defense jobChancellor Angela Merkel's protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, pledged on Wednesday to push for increased military spending "in our own interests" as Germany's new defense minister - a role likely to..
New German defense minister sees public support waneGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel's protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has seen her public support dip since she took over as defense minister on Wednesday, an opinion poll showed on Saturday.
Path to power or poisoned chalice: Merkel protegee takes defense jobChancellor Angela Merkel's protegee, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, took over as defense minister on Wednesday, entering the cabinet in a move likely to make or break her chances of succeeding her mentor..