German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she will not seek reelection after her term finishes in 2021 ending over a decade as a dominant figure in European politics. After regional elections, her Christian Democrat party had their worst showing in the Hesse state since 1966 and a sister party lost the state of Bavaria. She will also step down from the chairmanship of the center-right CDU party after 18 years. Her government had been heavily criticized for their managing of the refugee crisis.
- Does this signal to other EU politicians to be less tolerant of refugees?
- Did Germany mishandle the refugee crisis?
- Was Angela Merkel and effective Chancellor of Germany?
Her decision appears to mark the beginning of the end of her 13-year dominance of European politics.
Merkel also announced on Monday that she would stand down from the chairmanship of her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party after 18 years in the post.
She said that she’s known since the summer break that she no longer wanted to be the CDU chairman and that during the party’s conference in December she will not run again for the position.
The announcement is a sign of Merkel’s weakened power within her own party, and waning popularity in the country.