>> Is this the heir apparent to German Chancellor Angela Merkel? After being voted in as General Secretary of Germany's ruling CDU party this week, many think Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is in pole position to succeed the under-pressure leader. Reuters Michelle Martin in Berlin says German media has dubbed her mini-Merkel because of their similar political styles.
>> She's unpretentious and they share many political views, but there are differences between the two. Merkel was a protestant who grew up in the East and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was a Catholic who grew up in the West. And some of Kramp-Karrenbauer's views are also more socially conservative. Kramp-Karrenbauer has also called for tougher action on migrants.
>> In her new role, Kramp-Karrenbauer is filling a position that Merkel herself once held. It's a big step for the unassuming 55-year-old. She spent most of her career in a tiny state on the French border. And her only experience in national politics came for several months in the late 1990s.
The CDU has faced calls for fresh faces at the top following September's disappointing election result when it remained the biggest party but failed to win a majority and lost voters to the far right.>> Kramp-Karrenbauer has said she doesn't want the party to shift rightwards. She could potentially boost the party's appeal because she represents a broad range of views.
In terms of the economy, she's on the left wing. For example, she's a very big supporter of the minimum wage. But in terms of social views, she's very conservative. She opposed same sex marriages and she also is against advertising for abortions.>> While Merkel is close to securing a coalition deal that will keep her in power, Kramp-Karrenbauer will be learning all she can as she waits in the wings.