Roland Koch Calls It Quits: Merkel Loses an Adversary and an Ally

25th May 2010, Comments 0 comments

Roland Koch, the governor of the German state of Hesse and deputy leader of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, announced his surprise resignation on Tuesday. His departure rids Merkel of a sometimes vocal critic within the CDU -- but also deprives the party of a populist who attracted right-wing votes.

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