Merkel closing her personal Facebook page
Merkel, chancellor of Europe's largest economy since 2005, decided last year after a series of election setbacks to relinquish leadership of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and not run for another term.
In the video, Merkel thanked her 2.5 million followers and invited them to continue following her via the government's official Facebook page or on Instagram, which shares pictures.
"Today is the day on which I would like to thank you for all your support of my Facebook page," she said. "You know that I am no longer CDU president, so I will now close my Facebook page."
For a public figure to close down a social media presence with such a large following is an unusual move, leading some to speculate that, whatever else Merkel plans for her post-chancellor life, she envisages doing so as a private citizen. ■