Merkel's party dealt electoral blow: What you need to know

Merkel's party dealt electoral blow: What you need to know

Merkel had previously indicated that she planned to seek another two-year term as leader of her Christian Democratic Union at a party congress in December, but appeared to be moving quickly to acknowledge pressure for renewal.

CDU leaders will meet next Sunday to prepare for a summit in December where party members will vote for a new chairman.

"I will accept any democratic decision taken by my party", she said.

The result in Hesse "is therefore the final piece of evidence that the AfD has established itself within the German party system", Carsten Nickel, a German politics expert at political risks consultancy Teneo Intelligence, wrote in a note on Sunday.

But at home, even a change-averse electorate has started to grow tired of the leader dubbed "Mutti" (Mummy) and the cautious and glacial style of consensus politics her coalition government is now associated with.

The repeated electoral beatings have hurt Merkel and severely damaged the ruling coalition as the SPD blames chancellor's policies for its slump in the ballot box.

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Projections for ARD and ZDF public television, based on exit polls and partial counting, gave the CDU 27-28 per cent support and the centre-left Social Democrats almost 20 per cent. She had won four consecutive terms. When Merkel picked Kramp-Karrenbauer as the party's general secretary in February, it was seen as an attempt to position "AKK" for greater things. If Merkel wanted to win a fifth term as chancellor after 2021, she would have to re-establish her party as dominant under her leadership. He governs Schleswig-Holstein in a three-way coalition with the pro-business Free Democratic Party and the environmental Greens-a model that Merkel tried and failed to set up at the federal level previous year after the FDP withdrew. The backlash, especially in less prosperous eastern Germany, was swift, giving rise to the AfD, which many Germans condemn as a neo-fascist party.

The new party boss will be a candidate for the next head of the German government, while early elections are not rule out, Deutsche Welle writes on Monday.

One of Angela Merkel's favourite anecdotes about her childhood in East Germany is the time her PE teacher challenged her to jump from a high diving board.

"I will not be seeking any political post after my term ends", she told a news conference in Berlin.

Volker Bouffier's likely re-election as state premier could make the CDU's overall losses less painful and may somewhat improve Ms. Merkel's political future after a turbulent year that inspired many to write her political obituary.

It is still unclear what this means for Merkel's leadership. The chancellor threw her weight behind her friend in Hesse and visited him four times on the campaign trail in recent weeks. On October 14, the Christian Social Union, or CSU - the Bavarian sister party to the CDU - lost its majority in the Bavarian state parliament.

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