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Asia will miss the globalist Merkel

German chancellor's planned exit increases uncertainty for Europe's partners

Angela Merkel speaking after her CDU party suffered a disastrous showing in elections in the state of Hesse.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- German chancellor Angela Merkel's announcement of her planned departure from power was as unflamboyant as the woman herself.

There were no grand speeches when she made public her decision in Berlin on Oct. 29.  And there will be no dramatic exit, as she plans to remain chancellor until 2021.

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