Christoph Ploss, a CDU MP and head of the party’s Hamburg branch, said: “The CDU is at a low point in its history, and of course people will ask to what extent Merkel, among other reasons, contributed to this,
“She was, after all, our party’s leader for 18 years.”
And one conservative backbencher was less forgiving: “She really neglected the party for years.
“Look at the state she’s left it in. That’s part of her legacy.”