Germany's Social Democrat Party celebrated its 150th anniversary. They have a tough fight in this year's election if they want to take over German parliament.
The day after her CDU party's dismal showing in the elections, Merkel announced her gradual retreat from politics. Now a recount could leave the party with a weak mandate. How could this have happened, and what's next?
Angela Merkel's immediate task is to organize the contest over who will be her successor as leader of the CDU. Whoever it turns out to be could well pull the party away from the political center — wherever that is.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will not run again as the leader of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), but will remain chancellor until 2021. Her conservatives suffered massive losses in two state elections.
After Angela Merkel pledged to retire as the head of her CDU party, Horst Seehofer has confirmed he will also step down as leader of Bavaria's CSU. However, he intends to remain Germany's interior minister for now.
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