German Chancellor, Angela Merkel has ruled out taking on any political office in Brussels or elsewhere after her planned departure as Germany’s leader in 2021.
Concise News learnt that there has been speculation that chancellor may be eyeing a job in the European Union after an interview with Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Wednesday.
But Merkel, 64 who has been German chancellor since 2005, stamped out the rumour firmly on Thursday.
“I am not available for any further political post, no matter where it is — not in Europe either,” after leaving Germany’s top post in 2021, she told a joint press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
In her two-step plan to leave politics, Merkel last year gave up the leadership of the Christian Democratic Union party, before stepping down as chancellor when her mandate runs out in 2021.
Announcing her withdrawal last year, the veteran said she hoped it would allow her fragile coalition to finally focus on governing Europe’s top economy, rather than lurch from crisis to crisis because of infighting.
But as Europe faces rising populist, anti-EU forces, speculation has grown that Merkel may take on a job in Brussels and use her long-time political experience to steady the ship through rough waters.