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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer wins CDU leadership election

Delegates from the Christian Democrats (CDU), Germany's largest party, on Friday (7 December) elected Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as AKK, as their new leader, making her likely to be the next chancellor. AKK, seen as loyal to chancellor Angela Merkel, beat corporate lawyer Friedrich Merz. The party also bid an emotional farewell to Merkel, leader for 18 years, who will remain chancellor until the end of her term in 2021.

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Opinion

Fiscal discipline rules in eurozone are devastating

New rules are needed that do not place the heaviest burdens on a few countries, but ensure that all countries benefit from the euro. Avoiding imbalances in trade between countries can do this.

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Bulgarian 'EU passports' whistleblower wants justice

Katya Mateva, a former director in Bulgaria's ministry of justice turned whistleblower, says high-ranking politicians behind a scam leading to Bulgarian citizenship are likely to go unpunished.

No more Brexit talks, despite May's pleas

EU leaders said they can do no more than reassure the UK they do not want to trap it over Ireland, but May might need more than that to get the Brexit deal through parliament.

EU leaders stuck on asylum reform

Migration was overshadowed by Brexit at the EU summit, with leaders stuck on key legislation. Some warned that free movement could be at risk.

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