Merkel looks to Africa to cement legacy

Merkel looks to Africa to cement legacy

"Whether Merkel will really govern as chancellor until 2021 and then leave politics as promised, or whether the events would suddenly become uncontrollable for her, is no longer up to her alone", said news weekly Der Spiegel.

Merkel announced Monday that she plans to step down as party leader in December but remain chancellor until the next election, launching a transition that could last three years.

"We Europeans have a great interest in African states having a bright economic outlook", Merkel said in her opening speech, announcing the fund to help small and medium-sized enterprises from both Europe and Africa to invest on the continent.

Oettinger said that she enjoys trust "from Sophia to Lisbon, from Dublin to Athens".

Magyar Hírlap's Mariann Őry thinks that Merkel's decision to step down as party leader creates an opportunity for the CDU to renew itself.

Christian Lindner, the head of the pro-business Free Democratic Party, said Merkel dropped the wrong post.

Merz joins two already-declared candidates: Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the CDU's general secretary; and Health Minister Jens Spahn, an advocate of a more right-wing approach.

The announcement comes after Merkle's CDU - as well as their coalition partner, the center-left Social Democratic Party (SDP) - lost more seats on Sunday, October 28, to the center-left Greens and the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).

It can be hard for Americans to grasp the importance of the transatlantic alliance that for almost three-quarters of a century has protected democracy, prosperity and peace in the United States, in Europe and, intermittently, around the globe.

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But Juncker does not believe she will not arrive in Brussels weakened or wounded, a European commission told journalists in Brussels on Tuesday.

The leader of the Free World, a title Merkel earned when USA president Donald Trump abandoned American globalism in favor of nationalist tribalism, said it was "time for a new chapter" in German politics.

Matthew Karnitschnig argues in Politico that her resignation injects further instability into German politics, increasing the likelihood that the grand coalition with the Social Democrats (SPD), already hanging by a thread, will collapse in the coming months.

Angela Merkel is on the way out.

Instead, her own MPs elected his rival, Ralph Brinkhaus, in an unprecedented challenge to Merkel's authority.

From his perch outside politics, Merz has repeatedly criticized Merkel's policies and remains popular in parts of the CDU.

Merkel's decision to allow the influx of immigration stands in stark contrast to President Trump, who has called for a wall to be built on America's southern border and is now sending troops to the border to meet the so-called migrant caravan making its way through Mexico to come to the United States.

Once giving up its leadership, the U.S. may find it is a hard thing to win back.

She also vowed not to meddle in the "transparent" process of election of the party's new head. "We do need to work through the election result", he said.

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