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Merkel is on her way out – what now?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced she will not seek re-election as leader of her party, and will leave politics at the end of her current term.  Open Europe's Leopold Traugott assesses the consequences of this decision for German and European politics.

Just to be clear: Merkel is not yet out.  While from December onwards, she will no longer be leader of the CDU, she will remain Germany’s head of government.  For now, at least.

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