The announcement follows the resignation of Angela Merkel's previously tipped successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The Christian Democrats are scrambling to find a credible contender for next year's election.
The party's chairman said the Free Democrats were "ashamed" of the results of last week's contentious election. He also announced the creation of a working group to further analyze the events.
All quiet on the Turkish front? Despite oppression at home and abroad, Erdogan can blackmail the chancellor into silence due to his role in refugee policy. It is too high a price to pay, says DW's Marcel Fürstenau.
During a brief visit, Chancellor Merkel plans to address multiple topics with President Erdogan, from regional conflicts to human rights issues. German politicians believe continuing dialog is crucial.
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