BBC – She will step down on Friday as leader of her CDU party and has confirmed that she won’t stand again as chancellor when her fourth term ends in 2021.

There’s a famous German saying: “Everything has an end – only sausages have two.” It comes to mind now, as the smell of frying meat drifts from Berlin’s Christmas markets and mingles with the spicy aroma of mulled wine.

The race to replace Mrs Merkel as CDU leader is particularly charged. The person who’s chosen to lead the party could emerge as the next German chancellor.

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