Angela Merkel is set to give up the leadership of her party in December, it has emerged.
Referring to the quibbling within her coalition that has sent it from crisis from crisis, Merkel noted that “the picture that the government is sending out is unacceptable”.
The CDU and the SPD have been running the political show in Germany since the late 1940s, overseeing the country’s evolution from failed – and utterly destroyed – fascist state to modern, open democracy, global industrial power and perhaps the prime sponsor of the European integration project.
An election Sunday in the central state of Hesse saw both the CDU and the Social Democrats lose significant ground amid gains for both the Green party and the far-right Alternative for Germany party.
Die Welt reporter Robin Alexander said the path could now be clear for CDU general secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, nicknamed AKK, to take the reins. Despite her party’s historically poor result, she may be heaving a huge sigh of relief, too.
Often hailed as the world’s most powerful woman and Europe’s de facto leader, a weakened Merkel has faced growing calls to spell out her succession plans after 13 years in power.
She said she wanted to complete her fourth stint as chancellor but stressed that it would be “her last term”, a party source told AFP.
Merkel, 64, has been CDU chairwoman since 2000 and giving up the role would start a race within the party to succeed her as chancellor.
Over the last two weeks, voters in the states of Hesse and Bavaria also punished her party and coalition allies CSU and SPD in two separate regional elections.
Traditionally, a CDU chancellor also heads the party.
Merkel’s predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, stepped down as leader of his Social Democrats in 2004 as his government struggled, but remained chancellor until he narrowly lost an election 18 months later.
Over the years, Merkel, with her pragmatic and cautious style, seemed to have perfected the art of staying in power in a wealthy, ageing nation that tends to favour continuity over change.
The CDU suffered numerous setbacks in regional elections.
Mrs Merkel faced huge criticism over her government’s refugee policy when almost one million refugees arrived in Germany in 2015.
Voters have appeared generally satisfied with Bouffier’s outgoing state government.
However, she said that she would like to remain chancellor, local media report. Furthermore, 63 percent of respondents said that the SPD should exit the grand coalition in Berlin and seek renewal in the opposition.
The other big victor was the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), which entered the Hesse regional assembly for the first time with 12 percent of the vote, the ARD exit poll showed.
Just five years after the party’s founding as a protest against euro zone bailouts, the anti-immigrant AfD now controls seats in all 16 of Germany’s state parliaments, in addition to the national Bundestag and the European parliament.
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