Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, left, is congratulated by Angela Merkel after receiving the most votes to become the next leader of the German Christian Democrats (CDU) at a federal congress of the CDU on December 7, 2018 in Hamburg, Germany. 

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Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the expected successor of Angela Merkel, will not run for chancellor, according to a party source cited by Reuters.

She is to also give up the leadership of the CDU in the summer, the unnamed source said, setting in motion a party leadership contest. Merkel reportedly wants Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as “AKK,” to remain as a minister.

The announcement throws the CDU’s political future, and that of Europe’s largest economy, into doubt once Merkel steps down from the chancellorship in 2021. Germany’s DAX was trading 0.3% lower Monday morning.

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Annegret Kramp-Karrebauer rules out standing as German chancellor

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