Nay to the renaissance: Macron’s EU dreams branded ‘utopian’ by Austria

French president Emmanuel #Macron’s vision of a reformed #EuropeanUnion – has been met with derision by some of the bloc’s key players. The Austrian Chancellor and the head of Germany’s biggest party – Angela Merkel’s successor as CDU chief – are among those rejecting his ideas branding them ‘#utopian’.

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The saga of CDU’s struggles: Angela Merkel’s successor faces many ahead

Christmas present has just become Christmas past and Christmas future is still to come.

Inspired by the festive season, RT’s Germany correspondent Peter Oliver – gives his own rendition, of a classic Christmas tale…

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Merkel ally wins CDU party leadership battle

CDU delegates react after Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is elected head of the Christian Democratic Union. She won only 51.7% of the vote, against Angela Merkel’s internal opponent, Friedrich Merz. While not all CDU delegates voted for Angela Merkel’s close ally, they recognise the result of the vote, and that she has the skills to lead and unify the party.

Kramp-Karrenbauer voted in as new CDU leader to replace Merkel

Often referred to as Angela Merkel’s “protege” and even “Mini Merkel,” CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has been chosen as the conservative German party’s next leader. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9k1j

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Tearful CDU members give Merkel standing ovation

CDU delegates, some with tears in their eyes, applaud German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the veteran leader prepares to hand over the reins of her Christian Democratic Union after nearly two decades, with the fate of the divided party up for grabs between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival.

CDU votes for new leader as Merkel steps down after 18 years at helm

#Germany’s ruling Christian Democrat party will decide on a new leader later on Friday, as Chancellor Angela #Merkel steps down from the role after 18 years.

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What Angela Merkel Stepping Down Means For Germany (HBO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping down as leader of her party – marking the beginning of the end for a four-term ruler whose politics have defined Europe but divided her country.

Merkel’s 18 years at the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and 13 years as chancellor have seen Germany transformed into an economic and diplomatic force. The leader known as Germany’s “mother” became the chief powerbroker of the European Union.

But her decision to allow in more than a million migrants during the peak of the 2015 crisis spawned the rise of far-right movements and crushed poll results for mainstream parties, including her own.

She’s also faced criticism for failing to heal the divide between the former Communist east of the country, where incomes and pensions remain lower some 31 years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Public demonstrations by movements on the far-left and far-right are once again a daily reality in Germany.

“There is now an invisible wall. Before it was made of bricks and mortar. And now there is a new divide in our country,” said Winfried Wenzel, a retired engineer who once marched against Communism and now marches against Merkel.

“We are very disappointed in Mrs Merkel. She didn’t listen to the people.”

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Tearful CDU members give Merkel standing ovation

CDU delegates, some with tears in their eyes, applaud German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the veteran leader prepares to hand over the reins of her Christian Democratic Union after nearly two decades, with the fate of the divided party up for grabs between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. IMAGES

Who will succeed Angela Merkel?

Delegates from Germany’s centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) will this week vote to determine Angela Merkel’s successor as head of her party after 18 years at the helm. Merkel, who has led the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000 and Germany since 2005, has expressed the desire to see out her fourth term until 2021.