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Germany's Merkel: I can work well with any party successor

AP  |  Berlin 

German insisted Monday that she can work well with any potential successor as of her party, including a one-time rival seeking a comeback after a decade-long absence.

Merkel also stressed that her centre-right is committed to its troubled coalition with the centre-left Social Democrats.

Merkel announced a week ago that she plans to give up the CDU leadership after 18 years but remain as Germany's

There are three high-profile candidates to succeed her: CDU Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who is the closest to Merkel's centrist approach; and two contenders who stand for a more conservative profile, former parliamentary and

Germany's of the past 13 years has said she is ready to continue in that job for the rest of the parliamentary term, which is supposed to last until 2021.

Pressed Monday on whether she really wants to do that, she replied: "I don't know of readiness without willingness."

Many observers question how realistic that is, particularly if Merz becomes CDU Merkel ousted Merz as her bloc's in 2002 and many doubt they could work together. Merz left the in 2009.

Merkel said she had "always found solutions" with Merz in the past, though "of course we were not always of the same opinion."

"I have no doubt that, if that is the outcome, I can work well together with Friedrich Merz, as with every other candidate," she told reporters in

Merkel's successor is to be elected at a CDU congress in Hamburg Decemeber 7-8, after the candidates have presented themselves at a series of regional conferences.

The chancellor sought to downplay the possible destabilizing impact of the party leadership change on the federal governing coalition with the Social Democrats, which has squabbled since it took office in March.

A CDU leadership meeting Sunday and Monday showed a "conviction that we will continue the on the basis of the coalition agreement," Merkel said.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 19:30 IST