CDU's Lammert Casts Doubt on Merkel's Future, Bild Reports

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A top official in Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union predicted that the German chancellor’s attempt to form a government with the Social Democrats will fail and that she won’t run again in a snap election, Bild newspaper reported.

Norbert Lammert, who was president of Germany’s lower house of parliament for Merkel’s CDU from 2005 to 2017, has told confidants that a new election in 2018 without Merkel would result in a coalition government with the Greens, Bild reported, without saying where it obtained the information.

Lammert is due in January to take over as chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a CDU think tank.

Merkel, who is seeking to renew a so-called grand coalition with the rival SPD, said last month that she would be willing to run again as the CDU’s candidate in a new election. Her monthlong attempt to form a coalition with the Greens and Free Democrats collapsed in acrimony in November.

Lammert told Bild that the “constant declarations that there will definitely be a new grand coalition are the surest way to stop one.”

The former president of the lower house wasn’t immediately available to comment through his Bundestag office.

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