The Height of Folly: Germany’s Merkel re-elected as conservative party leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a meeting at the lower house of parliament Bundestag on 2017 budget in Berlin, Germany, November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo

Indian Express

Chancellor Angela Merkel won a new two-year term Tuesday as the leader of Germany’s main conservative party, gaining solid backing after stressing her determination to prevent a repeat of last year’s huge migrant influx. Merkel, who ran unopposed, won 89.5 percent of delegates’ votes at a congress of her Christian Democratic Union in the western city of Essen. That was short of the 96.7 per cent she won two years ago, but still a strong mandate as she prepares to seek a fourth term as chancellor in next year’s German election.

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