CDU LEADER MERKEL GIVES AN INTERVIEW IN MAGDEBURG.
Angela Merkel chairwoman of the opposition conservative Christian
Democratic Union party (CDU) gives an interview prior to a CDU board
meeting in the east German city of Magdeburg January 11, 2002. German
opposition leader Merkel declined to confirm a report on Friday that
she had abandoned her bid to challenge Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder in
the 2002 elections, allowing Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber to
run instead. REUTERS/Alexandra Winkler