German Chancellor Angela Merkel to step down

Angela Merkel has announced she will quit as German chancellor when her mandate ends in 2021.

Merkel’s decision may not be unconnected to series of political crises that have rocked her fragile coalition.

Taking a decisive step towards the end of her political career, the veteran leader who has led Germany for 13 years said she hoped her planned departure would end bitter fighting in her coalition and finally focus it on its task of governing Europe’s biggest economy.

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