Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

German Chancellor Angela Merkel to step down as party leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel to step down as party leader

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her conservative party on Monday that she's ready to step down as party leader following a pair of state election debacles, but plans to stay on as chancellor for the rest of her government's term, German media reported.

The end of the era of Angela Merkel, Europe's most durable and influential leader, moved a big step closer on Monday, when she agreed to step down as chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union party.

The news that she would not seek the party chair again came as a shock to many CDU officials who believed the party's result in Hesse could have been worse.

This comes as she is been facing calls to quit from her own conservatives to cede the party's leadership today, further eroding her authority after painful losses in a regional election.

Railing against the newcomers, the anti-immigrant AfD is now the biggest opposition party in the Bundestag, and after a strong showing in Hesse on Sunday now has seats in all of Germany's state parliaments.

A senior CDU member told Reuters that party leaders wanted to discuss the possibility of Merkel reversing her decision to seek re-election as party chairwoman in December.

Ms Merkel's coalition was twice on the brink of collapse, once over immigration policy and then over a dispute about the fate of the domestic intelligence chief who was accused of harbouring far-right views.

She became Europe's go-to leader during the eurozone crisis when Berlin championed tough reform and austerity measures in return for global bailout loans for indebted countries.

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The CDU won about 28% of the vote there on Sunday, down from 38% five years ago.

Seemingly devoid of vanity and indifferent to the trappings of power, she lives in a Berlin flat with her media-shy scientist husband Joachim Sauer, shops in a local supermarket, enjoys watching football and spends holidays hiking in the Alps.

Projections showed Mrs Merkel's conservatives heading for an extremely lacklustre win in the vote for the central Hesse region's state legislature.

"The CDU faces a turning point", Mike Mohring, a regional party leader from eastern Germany, told Welt television.

Merkel has always made it clear that she would not relinquish that tool. The party blamed its problems on federal-level politics, as SPD leader Andrea Nahles stated that the performance of the CDU/SPD grand coalition was one of the reasons for the crash and claimed that it was "clear that something has to change". Merkel's favoured successor is CDU party secretary general Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. It also proves that Merkel has not lost her instinct for survival even as she is on her way down.

The SPD has seen a similarly steep drop nationally, with Germany's oldest political party falling from second place to fourth, behind the Greens and the AfD. The base of Germany's second major political party and the CDU's federal coalition partner, the Social Democrats (SPD), has also shrunk by almost 11 percent since Hesse's last election five years ago.

Just two weeks earlier, Merkel's conservative CSU sister party suffered a similar drubbing in Bavaria.

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