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Merkel's shocking announcement last week that she was "unretiring" after the CDU's abysmal showing in last week's EU Parliamentary election - the party's worst result ever in a national election which cost the CDU/CSU's position as the largest party in the bloc's largest legislative body - and as a result the Chancellor would withdraw her support from her own hand-picked successor, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, or AKK, has itself been throw into chaos after the leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel's junior coalition partner, the SPD, resigned on Sunday from her party's top posts, raising the possibility that Germany's embattled government could collapse.
Andrea Nahles, who heads - or rather headed - the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), came under intense pressure after voters handed the party its worst European election results a week ago as Europe continues to revolt against establishment parties.
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Ahead of three key state elections in eastern Germany in September, the SPD had initially planned to re-examine its partnership with Merkel's centre-right CDU-CSU alliance in the autumn. But ahead of the planned leadership vote on Tuesday, Nahles said she would give up her jobs as both party chief and head of its parliamentary group, the AFP reported.
"The discussions in the parliamentary group and the broad feedback from the party showed me that the support necessary for the exercise of my offices is no longer there," Nahles said much to Merkel's shock, as suddenly the coalition government exists only in theory.
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The 48-year-old said she hoped her resignation "would open the possibility that the succession can take place in an orderly manner".
Merkel - whose approval has also collapsed ever since she admitted over a million Syrian refugees in Germany as a result of her disastrous "Open door" policy - said on Sunday that Germany's government would push on with its work despite the...
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