May 16, 2019 / 12:20 PM / a month ago

Merkel unavailable for political office after chancellorship

BERLIN, May 16 (Reuters) - Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would be unavailable for any further political office after serving out her fourth term as chancellor, dismissing speculation that she could take a big European Union job in Brussels.

“I am not available for any further political office, regardless of where it is - including in Europe,” Merkel told a joint news conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Writing by Paul Carrel Editing by Michelle Martin

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