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CEOs under more pressure to save society

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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

A loss of trust in traditional leaders, like government officials and journalists, is pushing people to develop more trusted relationships at work and with their employers, according to Edelman's 2019 Trust Barometer survey.

Why it matters: This crucial shift in the employee-employer relationship creates new opportunities for CEOs and corporate executives to rebuild societal trust, but it also puts an enormous responsibility on them to address complicated issues, from civic inequality to gun control.

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CDU party leadership election a bellwether for a post-Merkel Germany

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German Chancellor and CDU chair Angela Merkel with future CDU chair candidate Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images

Angela Merkel is calling it quits as chair of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), after heading the center-right party for 18 years, and a vote at Friday’s party convention in Hamburg will determine the next CDU chair.

Why it matters: The victor will be positioned to succeed Merkel as chancellor and influence whether she stays or bows out before her term ends in 2021.