Angela Merkel to step down as Chancellor after 2021

Angela Merkel to step down as Chancellor after 2021

Angela Merkel to step down as Chancellor after 2021

Angela Merkel is stepping down as the leader of her political party, but will stay on as Germany's chancellor until the end of her term.

Merkel has dragged the CDU to the political center in her years as leader, dropping military conscription, introducing benefits encouraging fathers to look after their young children, and abruptly accelerating the shutdown of Germany's nuclear power plants following Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union may have come out on top in the Hesse state election on Sunday but the result - the party's lowest in over 50 years - is a major electoral blow that could precipitate the German Chancellor's departure. The Washington Post heard something a little different.

The shock move started the race in the CDU to succeed Merkel.

Merkel's announcement on Monday followed two state election debacles for the federal government's "grand coalition" of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavaria-only sister, the Christian Social Union (CSU), and the centre-left Social Democrats.

It had been widely assumed that this would be Merkel's final term as chancellor, but before the reported remarks, she had not confirmed that herself.

Merkel appeared keen to set in motion an orderly transition amid recent signs that her authority is eroding.

Government figures Friedrich Merz, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Jens Spahn and Armin Laschet could be the next CDU party leaders.

In the turbulent times of Trump, Brexit and multiple global crises, Merkel came to be hailed overseas as the new "leader of the free world", a label she was quick to reject as "absurd".

Age: 45Role: State premier of Schleswig-Holstein Guenther emerged from relative obscurity a year ago to take Germany's northernmost state in a valuable electoral boost to Merkel. In the next Bundestag election in 2021, I will not run again as Chancellor.

German Chancellor and leader of the German Christian Democrats Angela Merkel speaks at a news conference Monday after elections in the state of Hesse in Berlin.

"This would have been unthinkable in 2013, when she nearly won an outright majority in the Federal elections", he added.

A new CDU chair will be elected at the upcoming party conference in December, Deutsche Welle said.

Merkel has been chancellor of Germany since winning the 2005 parliamentary election, but she's been the leader of the center-right CDU party since 2000. Indeed, Ms. Merkel, has been the main voice calling for pan-European unity as the nationalist forces rise across the continent and southern Europe, wary of Germany's economic might, tries shake off the lingering effects of the deep recessions after the 2008 financial crisis.

Many liberals around the world may still hail the brainy, pragmatic and unflappable Merkel, 64, as a welcome counterbalance to the big, brash men of global politics, from Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin. It should serve as a warning for others who stage interventions without any thought of the long-term implications or any commitment to shape the outcomes toward true liberty and security.

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