Merkel won’t seek a 5th term as German chancellor

  • German Christian Democratic Party, CDU, chairwoman and Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves leave after a news conference after a party’s leaders meeting at the headquarters the in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)

BERLIN— Angela Merkel set off Monday on what could be a three-year countdown to the end of her leadership of Germany, a stint that has made her the European Union’s longest-serving leader and a key figure in facing the continent’s many crises.