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Germany

CDU Deputy Leader Resigns

Friedrich Merz, deputy parliamentary faction leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) announced his resignation on Tuesday. Merz made his decision known to party leader Angela Merkel in a personal discussion, followed up with a letter. In the letter, Merz -- who intends to retain his position as member of parliament -- assured Merkel that she would continue to have his support on key policy issues such health care and tax reform. Despite the show of solidarity, political analysts say Merz's relationship with Merkel has been poisoned ever since she took over his office as parliamentary faction leader following the 2002 general elections.