>> She's dominated European politics for 13 years but Germany's Angela Merkel has said, she will not run to be chancellor again.>> At the federal election in 2021, I will not stand again as chancellor candidate nor as a candidate for the Bundestag. And for the sake of protocol, I won't seek any further political offices.
>> It's an announcement that heralds the end of an era. Merkel became chancellor in 2005 at a time when Jacques Chirac was French president, Tony Blair the British prime minister, and George W Bush was in the White House. On Monday, Merkel announced that she would also not stand for reelection as chairwoman of her CDU Party and said it was a decision she took in the summer.
But Reuters' Paul Carrel says recent setbacks are likely to have had an impact.>> That looks a bit like her trying to put a positive spin on things. In fact, as recently as last month, she said herself that she felt the chancelloree, the chancellorship, and the chair of the CDU, the Christian Democrats, should be held by the same person.
So it does appear that circumstances have forced her into this decision.>> Most recently, that was losses at regional elections in Hess. Merkel's CDU came first but saw support drop by 11 points. That as smaller parties from the left and right, particularly the Greens and the Alternative for Germany
>> MIssion completed.>> Took votes from the traditionally dominant CDU and their coalition partners, the social democrats.>> People see a lot of squabbling in the coalition and they don't like that. There's been a lot of infighting over the summer in particular, mainly over the issue of immigration.
And they see the same old faces and they don't see them painting a vision for Germany.>> Merkel's decision to step down as CDU chair paves the way for her party to settle on and groom a successor. And names are already being thrown into the hut. Including, according to party sources, Merkel ally Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, former parliamentary leader of Merkel's conservative alliance Friedrich Mertz, and health minister Jens Spahn.