The leadership race in Germany’s CDU is over: the party’s general secretary, 56-year-old Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, co-opted by Chancellor Merkel into the central party leadership only in February this year, has won a bitterly fought fight more akin to America’s culture wars.
The contest was about much more than the legacy of the Chancellor, or the future direction of the party: it was about the future direction and soul of Germany and to a large extent, the future direction and soul of Europ...

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