Merkel faces pressure from her successor in the party leadership to resign from the chancellery

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is under pressure from her successor in the leadership of the Christian Democratic Party of Germany (ANG), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, to resign from the post of chancellor after the European Parliament elections later this month, sources familiar with the situation said.

With expectations of Merkel’s Christian Democratic party losing in parliamentary elections later this month, party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer sent a letter to Merkel urging her to resign, and Ingrid called for a party conference on June 2 to try to pressure Merkel.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, also known as AKK, didn’t inform Merkel about the conference, the Bloomberg news agency quoted the sources as saying.

Kramp-Karrenbauer insists publicly that Merkel must end her term, and a spokeswoman for the leader of the Christian Democratic Party (LDP) made the remarks when the Bloomberg news agency approached her.

Despite mounting pressure, Merkel is determined to spend her entire term until September 2021, the sources said, asking not to be identified.