With the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) still ahead in the opinion polls, he would be well placed to succeed Merkel as she steps down after 15 years in office.Merz, a 64-year-old lawyer, is preparing to stand in internal party elections expected in the coming months, the daily Bild and DPA news agency reported.If he succeeds in becoming party leader it will become difficult for his rival Merkel to remain in power until her mandate ends next year. Early elections would become a distinct possibility.Merz has never forgiven Merkel for driving him out as head of the party’s group of MPs in the Bundestag in 2002. Friedrich Merz, a longtime rival of Angela Merkel within the ruling CDU party, is hoping to replace her as German chancellor, local media reported Wednesday.Merz, who wants to shift the centre-right party further to the right, is throwing his hat into the ring after Merkel’s chosen successor, CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, gave up her leadership ambitions on Monday in a deepening party crisis over ties between the centre and far right.The next CDU leader will also be the party’s candidate to become Chancellor at elections due by the end of 2021. He was narrowly beaten in the vote for party leader by Merkel’s preferred successor Kramp-Karrenbauer in December 2018, and has been waiting in the wings ever since.- Return to full-time politics -He announced this month he was quitting his job on the supervisory board of the German arm of investment firm BlackRock to dedicate himself to politics and to helping the CDU “renew itself”.In recent months Merz has attacked Merkel and her “failed” leadership.Favoured by the CDU’s most conservative members, Merz wants to shift the party to the right to woo back voters lost to the anti-Islam, anti-immigrant AfD.Kramp-Karrenbauer opted out of the race after barely a year in the post — a period marked by internal battles over whether to cooperate with the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD).AKK, as Kramp-Karrenbauer is popularly known, said she had had “a difficult time” as party leader.While the CDU party has a policy of no cooperation with either the far left or far right at a national level, regional CDU lawmakers last week nevertheless voted with MPs from the AfD to oust a far-left state premier in Thuringia.The breach in the political firewall against the AfD prompted Merkel’s junior partners in the national government, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), to call urgent talks at the weekend about the partnership’s future.Topics :
The 2017 edition of the MILO® Under-13 Champions League ended last Friday with three schools, Bagabaga Annex, Mother Theresa Primary and Funsi R/C Basic representing the Northern, Upper East and the Upper West regions respectively qualifying to play in the National finals. The three-day event started with a soccer clinic for players of all the competing schools as well as over five hundred (500) school pupils drawn from the Tamale Metropolis. The clinic which forms part of Nestlé’s effort to enrich the skills of young talents with the basics of football was facilitated by Tournament Icon Stephen Appiah, former Captain of the Senior National Team, the Black Stars and coaches drawn from the Regional Football Association. (RFA).Speaking at the closing ceremony, Miss Abena Abrefa, a Management Trainee at Nestlé Ghana Limited expressed satisfaction with the great relationship the brand is enjoying with the Ghana Education (GES) in their quest to help build future champions for the country.“Various sporting events have been organized through this partnership and this is in demonstration of our continuous contribution to the development of grassroots sports in Ghana”. “As a brand, we believe through participation in grassroots sports, children are taught indispensable values of respect, confidence and teamwork. These values picked up on the sports field help shape individuals for eventual success in any professional field. Also pupils learn that winning is more than just coming first but is about a sense of achievement and the joy of taking part, knowing they have done their best,” she added. Speaking to the media after the clinic, Stephen Appiah, the Tournament Icon expressed his excitement over the high standard of training facilities the Brand has invested to give the young talents a feel of what they are likely to enjoy across Europe should they choose to play football to the highest level.“Any time I see these facilities I get excited because, these are the very basic training equipment you will find in all the advanced football nations across Europe and the Americas. I have been there before and I can tell you these will cost the brand a fortune but MILO being the number one promoter of grass root sports I am not surprise”.In all, 12 schools drawn from the Northern, Upper East and the Upper West regions of Ghana competed in the tournament with Funsi R/C Basic school from the Upper West region emerging Zonal champions. In all ten (10) schools will battle for supremacy at the National Finals to be held from the 21st to the 24th of June 2017 at the Nduom Stadium in Cape Coast. Meanwhile twelve schools from different districts in the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo regions are preparing feverishly to take their turn in their Zonal qualifier come the Wednesday the 24th and Friday 26th of May 2017 at the Sunyani Senior High School Park.
A man has appeared in court following an attempted armed robbery at a shop in Newtowncunningham.Rory Moyne came before Letterkenny District Court today and was granted legal aid. The court was told that no directions had yet been given by the Director of Public Prosecutions in the case.It follows an alleged armed robbery at Your Shop in Newtowncunningham at 11.45am on Friday last.A lone male entered a convenience store and allegedly threatened a staff member at knife-point before leaving the store on foot empty-handed.The alarm was raised and a Garda unit on covert patrol in the area at the time arrested a man in his 20s who was near the scene a short time later.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda Station and detained for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.Moyne, of Cornfield Lane, Newtowncunningham, who is aged 26, is charged with having a knife at the shop on the date of the robbery.He was freed on bail to appear at Letterkenny District Court again on January 6th.Man appears in court after attempted armed raid on shop was last modified: December 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NewtowncunninghamrobberyRORY MOYNE