This is the moment that will go down as the start of a new era in German politics. Angela #Merkel announces she won’t run again for either the CDU party chair or chancellor. (NB. She would like to see out THIS term as chancellor, though.)https://t.co/Rt93SVO3BY pic.twitter.com/XPfyg3VrGl
— DW Politics (@dw_politics) October 29, 2018
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel is to relinquish control of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in December, sources have claimed, after yet another humiliating performance in a regional election Sunday.
Speaking at a press conference in Berlin Monday afternoon, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made official the rumours that had been swilling over the course of the morning by announcing she would not be seeking another term as leader of the CDU party, but that she intended to remain leader of Germany until 2021 — a shrewd move that some observers have noted would preclude a coup against her in the next three years.
Describing Sunday’s election results as “bitter” in her speech, Dr Merkel said of her decision: “I feel the need to pause to think — I am certainly doing that, and I want the yesterday’s election to be seen as a cutoff point.”
Merkel’s decision to remain Chancellor despite relinquishing control of her own party goes against her own comments on the subject — she recently said the two should go hand-in-hand — but follow past form in Germany where handovers of power have been more gradual.