Germany: Outgoing chairwoman says CDU to pick new leader on April 25

German Defence Minister and CDU chairwoman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer said the party will pick its new leader in a vote on April 25. Kramp-Karrenbauer was speaking at a news conference in Berlin on Monday after CDU's disappointing results in Hamburg's state election. «The elections in Hamburg were for us a bitter evening that has brought us a historically bad result. And it is of course a big... Еще disappointment also for the candidates in Hamburg.» Candidates for the CDU leadership have until the end of this week to announce whether they want to run for office. The party has been hit by a political crisis and slide in popularity after a recent scandal in Thuringia state elections where its local branch elected a Prime Minister with the help of votes from the right-wing AfD party. The CDU leader who announced her resignation in the wake of the scandal hit back at rivals SPD saying: «the CDU has a very limited relationship with AfD. There is no cooperation with them. And if for example the General Secretary from the SPD wants to make us responsible for what happened in Thuringia it would be better for him to leave this government.» Kramp-Karrenbauer also blamed the AfD for the deadly attacks on the migrant community in Hanau last Wednesday, when a gunman killed 11 people, including himself and his own mother. «The AfD should be responsible for the blame regarding what happened in Hanau,» said Kramp-Karrenbauer.

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