In 2018, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she would not run for reelection in 2021. This set the stage for the selection of a new Chairperson of the CDU. In a contested race between three candidates, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected as party Chair in December of 2018 and presumptive candidate for Chancellor. However, last month she decided to step down as party Chair, reopening the question of who will become the successor to Merkel.
Join us for a Hot Topics Call on Wednesday, March 11 at 11:00am (EST) with Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger, Foreign Editor for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, who will discuss the future of the CDU and the evolving political landscape in Germany.
Klaus-Dieter Frankenberger is Foreign Editor at the FAZ, where he writes about international politics. Before joining the newspaper’s editorial staff in 1986, Mr. Frankenberger gained deep insight into the U.S. political decision-making process when he worked as an assistant to a U.S. member of Congress. He was a Bosch Fellow at the Transatlantic Academy in Washington, DC, in 2011 and a Marshall Fellow at Harvard University in 1990. He serves on the Board of various institutions dealing with foreign and defense policy issues. Mr. Frankenberger holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science, Economics, and American Studies from Frankfurt University.