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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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>> 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.
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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.
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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.