The next German election is slated for 2021. I doubt Merkel lasts that long.
The Wall Street Journal reports, Critics Prepare to Challenge Merkel's Chancellorship as She Steps Down From Party Leadership Role
"As a chairwoman and chancellor I bear the responsibility for everything, for success and for failure. There was a signal that this cannot go on. The image of the government is unacceptable," said the chancellor at a press conference Monday.
Ms. Merkel said that she won't run for chancellor again at the next scheduled elections in 2021 and will retire from politics then.