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Beginning Of The End: Germany’s Angela Merkel To Step Down As Party Leader

Financial Times

Angela Merkel is to stand down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union, a post she has held for 18 years, after a dismal performance by the party in elections in the central German state of Hesse on Sunday badly dented her authority.

German media said she told senior party leaders at a meeting on Monday morning that she would not stand as CDU leader at the party conference in Hamburg in December.

The move spells the beginning of the end of the Merkel era. The chancellor has ruled Germany for the past 13 years, a period when Berlin’s authority and influence in the EU has steadily grown, and she has risen to Europe’s most powerful politician.

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