CNN is reporting that Angela Merkel suffered two major political blows in the past week.
Her chosen successor as Germany's leader, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has plunged in the polls after a series of blunders.
Merkel's coalition partner, Andrea Nahles of the Social Democrats, resigned after taking a battering in last week's European elections.
The losses could foreshadow that her plans for Germany are falling apart.
Merkel's so-called "Grand Coalition" is teetering on the edge.