Angela Merkel CRISIS: Chancellor refuses to leave power as successor ‘not up to job’ | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Angela Merkel CRISIS: Chancellor refuses to leave power as successor ‘not up to job’

The German Chancellor vowed to step down and handed over leadership of the Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer last year. But a free speech row has seen Ms Merkel seemingly withdraw her support for her apparent heir. Sources close to the veteran leader have suggested that she doesn’t have faith in her successor.

Mrs Merkel’s plans to quit at the end of her term in 2021 remain intact but she is not willing to spend anymore political capital defending Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The revelation could spark a re-run of last year’s leadership campaign in order to find an alternative candidate.

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