German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said late Wednesday that she would not run for chancellorship again in 2025. In a televised address, she said her “political responsibility” now was to focus on crises, not an election campaign.

She told US broadcaster CNN that she would “continue to use all her energy as Secretary of State” to build trust and cooperation “because so many partners around the world and in Europe are counting on it.”

“The world is completely different”

Baerbock became the first candidate for chancellor of her environmentally-minded Green Party in 2021 and led it to a historic result of 14.7% of the vote. Following this success, the Greens entered into a governing coalition with the center-left Social Democrats and the neoliberal Free Democrats.

“Of course, the world is completely different than it was at the last German federal election,” she said on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Washington, referring to the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine and the conflict in the Middle East. Therefore, “more diplomacy, not less” is needed.

However, Baerbock added: “Of course, I will do everything I can to support my own party during election campaigns, just as I have done in the past.”

Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck is widely expected to run as the Green Party's candidate in 2025. However, after the party received just 11.9 percent of the vote in the EU elections in June, lower than the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD), it is unlikely that Germany will have a Green chancellor next year.

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