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Angela Merkel puts in her 29-month notice

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Angela Merkel puts in her 29-month notice

It isn’t rare for a politician in the middle of a term to announce they won’t be seeking another, but it’s less common when that politician does so nearly three years before the next election. It happens. It just happened with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Angela Merkel to step down as German chancellor in 2021

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46020745“I will not be seeking any political post after my term ends,” she told a news conference in Berlin.

She also said she would not seek re-election as leader of the centre-right CDU party in December. She has held the post since 2000.

The CDU was severely weakened in Sunday’s poll in the state of Hesse, the latest in a series of setbacks.

My Take

She’s a very good leader, but this is her fourth term as Chancellor. That’s plenty. She’s been able to do most of what she set out to do from the beginning, but the Syrian War and refugee crisis has been trying. She is being pummeled in the polls. It’s good for her to get out now.

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