Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was supposed to provide fresh leadership and an electoral bounce for the CDU after 18 years of Merkel’s leadership. (Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg)

Merkel Decides Her Chosen Successor Isn’t Up to the Job 

(Bloomberg) -- Angela Merkel has given up hope on her heir apparent and is hunkering down in office in the face of growing turmoil in Germany’s ruling party.