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31st Aug 2016

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Merkel wants to leave office of own free will, not through electoral defeat

Angela Merkel would step down as chancellor rather than suffer an electoral defeat or be ousted through internal party politics, reports Der Spiegel. Her possible successor could be defence minister Ursula von der Leyen while Merkel could be eyeing the UN chief post or EU council presidency in 2016/2017.

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