>> She promises a new chapter in politics. But could this be German Chancellor Angela Merkel's successor. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has confirms she will be running to replace Merkel as leader of the Christian Democratic Union Party. And if she wins, it will place her in a position to take the chancellery.
She's also seen as Merkel's protegé. Reuters Paul Carrel explains.>> In her previous role, Kramp-Karrenbauer was a State Premier in Saarland, that's a very small state over in the far west of Germany. But what that position gave her is experience in government. She won the election and she was seen as being successful on running a coalition government there.
She's often called a mini-Merkel. She needs to cut her own profile and at the same time remain loyal to Merkel.>> The CDU's support has dwindled following a period of uncertainty, marked by the rise of the far right. So Kramp-Karrenbauer hopes to inspire confidence by moving on from Merkel's time at the helm of German politics while still keeping her on side.
An era is over. Now it is time to open a new chapter with new themes, with a new style.>>
].>> A party congress in December may decide between Kramp-Karrenbauer and other hopefuls.