Merkel says global position not weakened by her planned exit

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel does not see her gradual withdrawal from leadership positions as weakening her negotiating position on the international political stage.

"I believe that nothing has changed in the negotiating position in international negotiations," Merkel said in Berlin during a press conference with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi.
"You could even say that I will have more time to focus on my work as head of government," the chancellor said.
On Monday Merkel announced she would not stand for re-election to the position of chair of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) when the party holds its conference in December.
She also said she would be withdrawing from active politics once her current term of office comes to an end at the latest in 2021.
As the European Union's most populous and its economic powerhouse, German has a key role in pending EU political decisions, including Brexit and elections to the European Parliament early next year.
On the global stage, Merkel has been prominent in opposing some of US President Donald Trump's initiatives in withdrawing from international treaties.
Germany is set to take on additional responsibility from January next year when it becomes a temporary member of the UN Security Council.

Tuesday, October 30th 2018

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