After her party’s bitter defeat in two successive state elections, Germany’s Angela Merkel’s announced that she will not seek re-election as the chair of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) at its December 2018 congress. Although she intends to remain chancellor until the next general election, scheduled for autumn 2021, many analysts believe that she will be forced to resign much earlier or will stay on only as a very lame duck leader. In any case columnists and analysts scurried to write her political obituary, many of which were much less flattering than would be expec...
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