German Chancellor Angela Merkel has dismissed a report claiming she has concluded the new leader of her center-right party isn’t up to leading the country.

Merkel handed over the leadership of her Christian Democratic Union to Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer in December and said she wouldn’t seek a fifth term as chancellor. Her Union bloc hasn’t made up ground in polls, though, and in Sunday’s European Parliament election had its worst result in a nationwide vote since World War II.

Kramp-Karrenbauer hasn’t had an easy start, recently heading a flat-footed response to a YouTuber’s pre-election rant against the CDU. On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported, citing two unidentified officials, that Merkel has decided Kramp-Karrenbauer isn’t up to Germany’s top job.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, arrives for a dinner meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels to haggle over who should lead the 28-nation bloc's key institutions for the next five years after weekend elections shook up Europe's political landscape. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center, arrives for a dinner meeting at an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels to haggle over who should lead the 28-nation bloc’s key institutions for the next five years after weekend elections shook up Europe’s political landscape. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool)

Asked about that late Tuesday, Merkel replied: “I can only say that is nonsense.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)