Angela Merkel prepares to retire, Pittsburgh mourns its shooting victims and a memorial persists in Russia.
|“It is time to start a new chapter.”|
|Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, above, is stepping down as leader of her conservative party and says she will not seek re-election, a seismic shift for a country she has governed for 13 years.|
|Her announcement followed two disastrous results in regional elections that saw her party and its allies slump to near-record lows. It underlined the new fragility of German politics and the great uncertainty for a Europe without Ms. Merkel at the helm.|
|Though Ms. Merkel vowed to serve out her term until 2021, few observers believe she can hang on that long, speculating that new elections could be held as early as next year. We examine possible candidates to take the reins of her party, the Christian Democrats.|