Germany’s Angela Merkel, who has headed the CDU for 18 years, had until now always indicated that she believed the posts of party leader and chancellor should be held by the same person.
“She will not stand again for the chairmanship of her party,” a source within the Christian Democratic Union said.
“The Khashoggi case bluntly shows what kind of regime we’re talking about. Doing business with these corrupt regimes which constantly violates human rights is a huge mistake,” she said.
“All new (arms) sales should not be allowed to Saudi Arabia at the moment,” said Bodil Valero, another MEP from Sweden who sits on the Parliament’s subcommittee on security and defence.
The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies said on Monday that his Christian Social Union (CSU) would do what it could to ensure the federal government remained stable after the party suffered humiliating losses in an election in Bavaria. “We will do our bit to ensure that the grand coalition can continue to do its work in a stable manner despite some of the comments that were made yesterday,” said Horst Seehofer, who is also Germany’s interior minister.