BERLIIN, July 17, 2019 - (From R to L) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, outgoing German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, incoming German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, and Michael Mueller, deputy president of the Bundesrat and Berlin's head of government, pose for a group photo after a ceremony for the appointment of German Defense Minister at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, capital of Germany, July 17, 2019. The leader of the German ruling party Christian Democratic Union (CDU) , Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, was appointed new German Minister for Defense on Wednesday.

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Michael Mueller (L), deputy president of the Bundesrat and Berlin's head of government, hands over the appointment certificate to incoming German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, during a ceremony for the appointment of German Defense Minister at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, capital of Germany, July 17, 2019.

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Michael Mueller (2nd L), deputy president of the Bundesrat and Berlin's head of government, shakes hands with incoming German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (2nd R), during a ceremony for the appointment of German Defense Minister at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, capital of Germany, July 17, 2019.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) and outgoing German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen attend a ceremony for the appointment of German Defense Minister at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin, capital of Germany, July 17, 2019.

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