Merkel won’t seek fifth term as Ger­man chan­cel­lor

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - NEWS RECAP -

An­gela Merkel set off Mon­day on what could be a three-year count­down to the end of her lead­er­ship of Ger­many, a stint that has made her the Euro­pean Union’s longest­serv­ing leader and a key fig­ure in fac­ing the con­ti­nent’s many crises.

Merkel an­nounced that she will give up the lead­er­ship of her conone ser­va­tive Chris­tian Demo­cratic Union in De­cem­ber and won’t stand for a fifth term as chan­cel­lor — sig­nal­ing the be­gin­ning of the end at the helm for the woman many had la­beled the “leader of the free world.”

That’s a ti­tle she her­self ob­jected to, say­ing lead­er­ship is never up to per­son or coun­try. But she has been a stal­wart face of Western democ­racy through tur­bu­lent times, in­clud­ing the Euro­pean debt cri­sis, the mi­grant in­flux of 2015, Britain’s de­ci­sion to leave the EU and es­ca­lat­ing trade ten­sions with the United States.

Merkel, 64, has led the CDU since 2000 and Ger­many since 2005. She gov­erns Ger­many in a “grand coali­tion” of what tra­di­tion­ally has been the coun­try’s big­gest par­ties — the CDU, Bavaria’s con­ser­va­tive Chris­tian So­cial Union and the cen­ter-left So­cial Democrats.

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