Germany's Merkel squelches speculation about future EU job

German has ruled out taking a leadership role in the 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.

German has squelched a new bout of speculation that she might seek a top after standing down as Germany's leader.

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 after she leaves office, whenever exactly that is.

Nonetheless, periodic speculation has flared about the possibility of Merkel seeking a top 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."

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