Has a name that is endless and a long political career behind him. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was the candidate of consensus, that can not end to enthuse, but with the fact that a large part of the party feels that it can live. It is conservative, but not both. A continuation of, but not all. And above all, has proven to be a policy very effective, able to win elections in his small State of Saarland.

More commonly known as AKK, this policy tireless promise to climb to a party in low hours, and to reconcile a political family divided in the face of adversity of the bleeding election. Last February, Merkel chose her as general secretary of the party, so that it could be rolled into the national policy, which was interpreted as a first gesture with a view to a possible succession. But no one thought then, and probably not the own Merkel, that everything was going to go so fast. The outburst party’s electoral have precipitated a succession which was not in the script and for that AKK has had little time to prepare.


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But in reality, he carried almost his whole life preparing; since in 1981, joining a game that has been climbing up without haste, but at a good pace. In the Government of the Saar, the small State on the border with France, from which it proceeds, Kramp-Karrenbauer has held several regional ministries. In 2011, the AKK was appointed as minister president of the land in which they live barely a million inhabitants. But his greatest political achievement, or at least the one that earned him huge reputation and recognition among their colleagues came last year, when she won a resounding electoral victory in the Saar, which came to a halt at dry’s fast-paced ascent of Martin Schulz, the ephemeral leader chosen by the social democrats.

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AKK has 56 years old and has 18 years of experience of regional government as well as poor national and international experience. Has been shown to be able to overcome deep political crisis and to govern in coalition —tripartite, with liberal and green, and grand coalition with the social democrats— something that requires a skill much needed in times of increasing fragmentation.

a Graduate in law and policies, to Kramp-Karrenbauer likes to ride around on a motorcycle in her free time with her husband, an engineer with whom she has been married for 30 years and who has taken care of her three children while she worked. He wanted to be a midwife or a teacher, but ended up in politics while still a very young man.

call it The mini Merkel, but the comparisons with the chancellor may be premature. It is true that both share a discreet style, who backs away from the fuss and the politics of the ego. In their interventions of the last few weeks has been more factual and less mitinera than their rivals, but also more flat. Like Merkel, he is able to be underestimated despite its huge power and also as the chancellor is a hard-working laborer of consensus, which sells “security and stability in a world that is very changeable”.

But at the same time it is true that in his opposition to gay marriage and in his conception of the traditional family has been unchecked Merkel. “[Kramp-Karrenbauer] is more conservative and has values, catholic social more traditional,” according to Kristina Dunz, author of a biography of the policy. “It’s more of a fighter and more emotional,” he adds. In terms of migration for example has shown to be blunt and ask for that asylum seekers who have committed a crime, “not again set foot in Germany”.

She, in any case, has striven in recent times to emphasize differences, aware that the party has a thirst for change and a profound renewal and that she, such a policy raised in the CDU, the symbol of the device, represents only a change to average.