Merkel Unavailable For Political Office After Chancellorship

Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would be unavailable for any further political office after serving out her fourth term as chancellor.

The announcement dismissing speculation that she could take a big European Union job in Brussels.

Speculation about Merkel’s future swirled in Berlin after she told Thursday’s edition of the Sueddeutsche newspaper:

“Many people are concerned about Europe – including myself. This means I feel even more duty-bound to join others in making sure that Europe has a future.”

Merkel made it clear that she saw it as her responsibility to promote Europe in her job as chancellor rather than in a future position.