Mon 10 Dec 2018 / Europe
AKK's rise: France, euro repercussions
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the new leader of Germany's principal governing party, faces a complex struggle to impose her will on her fractious Christian Democratic Union. She will pursue a more conservative path in key areas compared with still-Chancellor Angela Merkel. This has consequences for policies to stabilise the euro. 'AKK' is a long-time Merkel ally and, more recently, her designated successor. How well she masters her shorter-term tasks will have a crucial bearing on whether, when and how she takes over the chancellorship.