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.

Post-Merkel era: Who is going to step into Angela’s shoes?

In Germany, the secretary general of Angela Merkel’s CDU party has reportedly stepped down – as she prepares to run for the party’s leadership, replacing the outgoing Merkel. But the jury’s still out as to who will win this race, as there are other major contenders for the post too.

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2000-2018: Merkel to step down as party leader, won’t seek new term as chancellor

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Angela Merkel has said she will not seek re-election as Germany’s chancellor as well as CDU’s party chair. The decision comes after a debacle for her ruling party in the local elections in the federal state of Hesse.

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CDU/CSU parliamentary meeting in the midst of government drama

German Chancellor Angela Merkel joins a meeting of her parliamentary group that her party, the CDU, forms with its Bavarian ally CSU. The head of the CSU, Horst Seehofer, was not present at the beginning of the meeting. IMAGES.

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected Sec-Gen of Merkel’s CDU

Germany’s Saarland State Premier Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is elected secretary general of the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) at a congress in Berlin where the party voted to approve the coalition deal between the conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD). IMAGES

‘Merkel has reached final stage of her chancellorship’ – former CDU politician

Germany could be on course for snap elections, after talks on forming a governing coalition collapsed.

The leader of the pro-business Free Democrats Party announced his decision to pull out of negotiations with the Christian Democrats and the Greens.
RT spoke to former CDU politician Maximillian Krah on this issue.

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EU cannot move without stable German govt – CDU member

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Shock For Chancellor: Merkel suffers ‘crushing defeat,’ worst result in 70 years

Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and its Bavarian sister-party CSU won the majority of seats in Bundestag, finishing with 33 percent – the lowest result in more than half a century.
RT’s Peter Oliver speaks about German federal elections results.

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LIVE: Merkel speaks to press day after German federal election

German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a press conference on Monday, September 25 in Berlin.
The CDU leader will comment on the federal election results.

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Historic vote: Right-wing AfD party enters German parliament

The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party entered parliament for the first time in its history with 13% of the vote in the German election, according to final results. Angela Merkel’s CDU, allied with Bavaria’s CSU, won with 33%. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8o19

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‘Merkel must leave’: German chancellor booed & heckled at campaign rally in Brandenburg

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union Party (CDU) leader Angela Merkel was met by a simultaneous chorus of boos and cheers as she held an election campaign rally in Brandenburg an der Havel, Tuesday, addressing the audience with CDU’s political manifesto, as well as issues such as the refugee crisis and domestic security. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8lpm

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Berlin attack & Merkel policies: LIVE debate (Mo Ansar vs Maximilian Krah)

Political & social commentator Mo Ansar and AfD member Maximilian Krah who quit CDU over Merkel’s policies discuss latest tragedy at Berlin Christmas market and German government policies.

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