CDU LEADER MERKEL IS ON HER WAY TO A CDU BOARD MEETING IN MAGDEBURG.
Angela Merkel chairwoman of the opposition conservative Christian
Democratic Union party (CDU) is on her way to enter 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