Germany’s Angela Merkel said on Thursday she would be unavailable for any further political office after serving out her fourth term as chancellor.

The announcement dismissing speculation that she could take a big European Union job in Brussels.

Speculation about Merkel’s future swirled in Berlin after she told Thursday’s edition of the Sueddeutsche newspaper:

“Many people are concerned about Europe – including myself. This means I feel even more duty-bound to join others in making sure that Europe has a future.”

Merkel made it clear that she saw it as her responsibility to promote Europe in her job as chancellor rather than in a future position.

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