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Von der Leyen’s post in German government to go to Merkel’s protege

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) speaks to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (L) and outgoing German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (R)

Kramp-Karrenbauer, Angela Merkel’s likely successor, is to become defence minister after current defence minister, Ursula von der Leyen, was voted EU Commission President.

German public broadcaster DW reports that Kramp-Karrenbauer succeeded Chancellor Angela Merkel as leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) in December 2019.

«There will be a fast replacement. The Defence Ministry, the defence minister, holds command and authority. You cannot leave that open long. So it will not take long and you will be informed,»

Merkel told the press on Tuesday, July 16.

DW evaluated that the move would come as a surprise, as many had expected Health Minister Jens Spahn, who was passed over for party leader, to become the Defence Minister. It was also surprising because Kramp-Karrenbauer had previously said she would forgo a ministerial post in favour of concentrating on party leadership.


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  1. kushal kumar says:

    News reports said that the German Defence Minister , Ursula von der Leyen was narrowly elected President of the European Commission on 16 July 2019, by a majority of 383 members of the 751. She will be the first woman to head the Commission on 1 November , 2019 for a five year term. The message that the election outcome has given is the narrow margin of majority electing Ursula von der Leyen , suggesting lack of impressive unity among the members of the European Union. And this scenario of lack of impressive unity was implied in the predictive alert of this Vedic astrology writer in article – “ World trends in April to August 2019” – brought to public domain widely in March and subsequently on 5 April , 2019. The predictive alert had said that a period of four and a half months from mid -April to August , particularly June and around , in the present year 2019 looked to be potent with the following also :-
    “ 3. Decision- making capability may be either short of firmness or having potential to give rise to ambiguity.
    7. Unions , federations , groups or associations of nations may show signs of divergence in more than one sphere of life. In other words , the spirit of unity in them may be short of being ideal”.

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