TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Merkel handed over the leadership of her Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in December and said she wouldn't seek a fifth term as chancellor. Her Union bloc hasn't made up ground in polls, though, and in Sunday's European Parliament election had its worst result in a nationwide vote since World War II.
Kramp-Karrenbauer hasn't had an easy start, recently heading a flat-footed response to a YouTuber's pre-election rant against the CDU. On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported, citing two unidentified officials, that Merkel has decided Kramp-Karrenbauer isn't up to Germany's top job.
Asked about that late Tuesday, Merkel replied: "I can only say that is nonsense."