German SPD leader gives Merkel an ultimatum after state vote losses

Angela Merkel said “Today it is time to begin a new chapter.”

Merkel will step down as chancellor when her current mandate runs out in 2021, a party source told AFP Monday, adding that she has no plans to seek a post in the European Commission following that despite speculation to that effect in Brussels.

Voters in a regional election in the prosperous state of Hesse deserted in droves both Merkel's Christian Democrats and the junior partner in her Berlin government, the Social Democrats (SPD).

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

The debacle followed a battering in a state election in Bavaria two weeks ago for the CSU and the Social Democrats. "I have said over the past few days that Angela Merkel knows best what to do, and now she has decided".

In the turbulent times of Trump, Brexit and multiple global crises, Merkel came to be hailed overseas as the new "leader of the free world", a label she was quick to reject as "absurd".

Her decision was announced after historically low results in two state elections, in Bavaria in mid-October and on Sunday in Hesse.

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She has also said this will be her final parliamentary term as German chancellor, according to reports.

Still, with a clear successor to Merkel not yet known, the exuberance in stocks stemming from hopes for looser fiscal policy may be contained.

The decision to stand down from the CDU chairmanship signifies Merkel-who has been chancellor since 2005-is aware her time at the top of German politics is nearing its end. He has feuded with her on and off for three years over Merkel's initially welcoming approach to migrants, and an argument between the pair in June over whether to turn back migrants at the German-Austrian border came close to bringing down her government. The Social Democrats only reluctantly joined her coalition in March, and another crisis or an already-agreed midterm review next fall could spell its end.

AfD leader Joerg Meuthen hailed Merkel's planned departure as "good news".

Merkel's CDU came first in Sunday's election in the western state of Hesse but support fell by more than 11 points, reigniting a succession debate by conservatives unhappy with the chancellor's grip on power.

Germany's Angela Merkel will quit as head of her Christian Democratic party after nearly two decades, a person familiar with the matter said.

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Her term as Chancellor was expected to run until 2021.

In Germany, many begged to differ, especially the anti-immigration and anti-Islam Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, whose angriest rallying cry is "Merkel must go".

Both polls were seen as damning verdicts on Merkel's grand left-right coalition in Berlin which has lurched from crisis to crisis, often over the hot-button issue of migration.

The end of the long love affair with the CDU no doubt began in 2015 and 2016, when Ms. Merkel welcomed a million migrants, majority Syrians, as a humanitarian gesture.

Merkel has dragged the CDU to the political centre, dropping military conscription and abruptly accelerating the shutdown of Germany's nuclear power plants following Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011. It remains to be seen whether leadership changes in Germany's two big tent parties can address their ebbing support in a changing political landscape, as voters head to the Greens or the AfD.

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