Germany's Merkel squelches speculation about future EU job
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out taking a leadership role in the European Union after serving out her term as chancellor, saying she "will not be available for any political office, no matter where, not even in Europe." Merkel has ceded her long-standing leadership of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) and has said that she will not run for another term as chancellor when her current one runs out 2021.
Merkel last year gave up the leadership of her center-right party and said she wouldn't seek a fifth term as chancellor. She said then that she won't seek another political job after she leaves office, whenever exactly that is.
Nonetheless, periodic speculation has flared about the possibility of Merkel seeking a top European Union job — the latest round stirred by an interview in which she said she's concerned about Europe and has an "even greater feeling of responsibility" to work with others on its future.
Merkel told reporters Thursday her statement stands that she won't take "any other political office, no matter where it is."