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Merkel focuses on pandemic legacy as her party considers whether to break with her


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Merkel Party Chief Says Succession Team to Be Decided This Year

Merkel Party Chief Says Succession Team to Be Decided This Year(Bloomberg) — Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.The chief of Germany’s Christian Democrats aims to assemble her team to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel by the end of this year, a move to assert her authority amid growing leadership uncertainty in Europe’s largest nation.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who as CDU leader is Merkel’s presumptive heir, signaled in an interview on Thursday that she opposes a call by a key Bavarian ally for a cabinet reshuffle by the summer.“For 2021, the CDU needs a new team for the future, with new faces, and we’ll put that in place this year,” Kramp-Karrenbauer, 57, told Bloomberg Television at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “For me, that’s a more important perspective than a short-term change.”Ever since Merkel stepped down as leader of the CDU at the end of 2018, the ruling coalition has been plagued by infighting as potential contenders jockey for positions to succeed her and Germany’s export-driven economy runs out of steam.Kramp-Karrenbauer herself has struggled to gain traction, garnering less than half the approval ratings of Merkel, who remains the country’s most popular politician.Read More:If Merkel Wants to Fix the German Economy, She Needs to Hurry UpMerkel Party Leader’s Ultimatum Contains Rebels, For NowMerkel Fends Off Another Hustle From Upstart Tipped for Her JobGermany Would Contribute to Any Libya Peace Force, CDU Head SaysAKK, as she’s known, will have to reinforce her position within the CDU if she wants to become the party’s candidate for the chancellorship in the next election, due in 2021 at the latest. Merkel has said she won’t run for a fifth term.Even after she fended off a leadership challenge in the CDU late last year, Kramp-Karrenbauer remains under scrutiny from the party’s conservative and business wings.One rival who has emerged is Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder, the chairman of the CDU’s sister party, the Christian Social Union. He made the call for Merkel to reshuffle the cabinet, an objective he hopes to deliver by the summer.While AKK initially said the idea could be discussed, on Thursday she pushed back on the proposal.“First we have to ensure that this government that we have now works as well and dynamically as possible. There’s room for improvement, we can do even better.”InvestmentsSuch improvements include streamlining investments and cutting red tape, she said.“The problem is that we are too slow and too complicated in the process. Not enough is invested as a result, and this is the construction site we need to work on,” she said.Germany’s economy expanded at 0.6% in 2019, its weakest growth in 6 years. But the government continues to generate large budget surpluses, prompting renewed calls for even larger spending growth and tax breaks. AKK said such surplus cash should be invested “sensibly” in infrastructure and the military.“If we look at our budget and our investment right now, we see that we have no problem with money,” she said. Surpluses “shouldn’t be tucked away for a rainy day,” but instead directed toward “investment in technologies of the future, in our infrastructure,” Kramp-Karrenbauer said.(Updates with quotes, context, detail throughout)To contact the reporters on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net;Chad Thomas in Davos, Switzerland at cthomas16@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond Colitt, Andrew BlackmanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



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Mnuchin goads Greta, Saudis in spotlight and Merkel – what to expect at Davos on Thursday

Mnuchin goads Greta, Saudis in spotlight and Merkel - what to expect at Davos on ThursdayGreta Thunberg is expected to keep a relatively low profile on Thursday, after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a new dig at the young climate activist. Thunberg, who Mnuchin said should get an economics degree before making calls about fossil fuel divestment, is due to take part in a climate strike on Friday. Europe’s now elder stateswoman Angela Merkel speaks at 1315 GMT, while her favored successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, is speaking to media leaders.



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Merkel plans Turkey trip to preserve migrant pact: Sueddeutsche

Merkel plans Turkey trip to preserve migrant pact: SueddeutscheGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel will visit Turkey next month to urge President Tayyip Erdogan to uphold the migration pact he agreed with the European Union, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported, responding to fears that conflict in Syria could unleash a new refugee wave. Erdogan warned on Sunday that Turkey, which already hosts about 3.7 million Syrian refugees, would not be able to handle a new wave of migrants if Syrian-Russian attempts to retake rebel-held Idlib province sent more people fleeing.



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Merkel Coalition Partners Stuck in Doldrums After Shift to Left

Merkel Coalition Partners Stuck in Doldrums After Shift to Left(Bloomberg) — The new leftist leaders of Germany’s Social Democrats have failed to give Angela Merkel’s junior coalition partners a lift in the polls.The SPD were stuck on 13% in the final Insa survey of the year for Bild newspaper, the same as the previous week and down from 20.5% in the most recent general election in 2017. Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc gained one point to 28%, while the SPD again trailed the Greens and the far-right Alternative for Germany, stable on 21% and 15% respectively.In an attempt to revive their fortunes, the Social Democrats this month picked Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken as co-leaders, scuppering a rival bid by Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz.The new team endorsed policy demands as a condition to remain in government that would ease years of fiscal discipline under Merkel and Scholz, boost infrastructure spending, lift the minimum wage and step up efforts to tackle climate change.But the shift to the left has apparently failed to win back the voters who have abandoned the party in droves over the past decade as the Greens and AfD gained support.Insa head Hermann Binkert suggested that, as things stand, there’s little point in the SPD putting forward a candidate to take over from Merkel when she finishes her term in 2021 — if her government survives that long.\–With assistance from Chris Reiter.To contact the reporter on this story: Iain Rogers in Berlin at irogers11@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Chad Thomas at cthomas16@bloomberg.net, Andrew Blackman, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Merkel Downplays Chinese Threats Over Huawei’s 5G Presence

Merkel Downplays Chinese Threats Over Huawei’s 5G Presence(Bloomberg) — Chancellor Angela Merkel dismissed any public threats from China should her government issue a ban on equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co. from the country’s fifth-generation network.“Nothing has been communicated to me in terms of pressure from Chinese state actors,“ Merkel told lawmakers in a question-and-answer session in the Bundestag on Wednesday.Chinese ambassador Wu Ken last week said that a Huawei ban would result in consequences and cited German auto sales in the Asian giant’s market.Merkel, who is trying to strike a balance between trade ties with China and hardliners warning about potential security risks from Huawei’s ties to the Beijing government, stuck to her position of opposing a ban.“My position is not to say at the very beginning that one single company is completely out of the question,”Merkel said. “But on the other hand, not to be blind. So, we must have an eye on the trust aspect.”The German government is thrashing out 5G security standards with lawmakers in the Bundestag in negotiations that are likely to stretch into next year. Legislators from across Merkel’s coalition presented a draft bill last week that would impose a full ban on any “untrustworthy” vendors — taking direct aim at Huawei.Peter Beyer, a senior lawmaker in Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, said earlier on Wednesday that a draft would be finalized at the beginning of 2020 and have to take into account trade interests as well as national security. But he said there was reason to be wary of Huawei as as a factor in cybersecurity.“We have a lot of information from our intelligence services that makes us a little uneasy,” Beyer, who has been critical of Huawei, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television.To contact the reporters on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net;Arne Delfs in Berlin at adelfs@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Raymond ColittFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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Merkel rules out retaliation after U.S. sanctions Russian gas pipeline

Merkel rules out retaliation after U.S. sanctions Russian gas pipelineBERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday Germany would not retaliate against a decision by the United States to impose sanctions on companies building the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The U.S. Senate on Tuesday passed legislation to impose sanctions on firms constructing the underwater pipeline to bring Russian natural gas to Germany. The Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which is backed by Russia’s Gazprom, would allow Russia to bypass Poland and Ukraine to deliver gas under the Baltic Sea to Germany.



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Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visit

Germany's Merkel voices 'shame' during 1st Auschwitz visitGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced a feeling of “deep shame” during her first-ever visit on Friday to the hallowed grounds of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, where Adolf Hitler’s regime murdered more than a million people. Merkel noted that her visit comes amid rising anti-Semitism and historical revisionism and vowed that Germany would not tolerate anti-Semitism.



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Germany's Kramp-Karrenbauer wants Merkel to stay until 2021

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 criticism from fellow Christian Democrats. Party veteran Friedrich Merz ripped into Merkel after the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) slumped in a state vote last month. Merz, an erstwhile Merkel rival, narrowly lost to Kramp-Karrenbauer in a contest for the CDU leadership last December, when Merkel stepped aside to allow her protegee to boost her profile before 2021.



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