Merkel to Give Up CDU Party Leadership in Dramatic Move

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will quit as head of her Christian Democratic party after nearly two decades, a person familiar with the matter said, a dramatic sign of her waning authority that will raise questions about her staying power as chancellor.

Angela Merkel

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In a stunning reversal, Merkel told a leadership meeting of her Christian Democratic Union on Monday that she won’t run again for the party chairmanship at a convention in December, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the meeting was closed.

The move follows a historic decline for the CDU in a state election on Sunday, the latest sign of Merkel’s fading star after 13 years at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy.