Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, sometimes referred to by her initials AKK, is a German politician serving as Minister of Defence of Germany since July 2019 and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since the 2018 CDU leadership election, succeeding Angela Merkel. She previously served as secretary general of the party and as Minister-President of Saarland from 2011 to 2018, the first woman to lead the Government of Saarland and fourth woman to head a German state government. Kramp-Karrenbauer is regarded as socially conservative, but on the CDU's left-wing in economic policy and has been described as a centrist. She is an active Catholic and has served on the Central Committee of German Catholics. She is the second woman to hold the office of German defence minister.
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