German newsmagazine Der Spiegel's editor in chief stepping down at year's end

Influential German newsmagazine Der Spiegel says its editor in chief, Wolfgang Buechner, will step down at the end of the year.

The magazine said in a statement Thursday that Buechner, who left Germany's dpa news agency in 2013 to take the post at the weekly magazine, is leaving after reaching a "mutual agreement" with Der Spiegel.

Der Spiegel says a decision will be made soon on a successor. In the meantime, the magazine will be run by co-deputy editors Klaus Brinkbaeumer and Clemens Hoeges.

The magazine's popular Spiegel Online website will be run by co-deputy online editors Barbara Hans and Florian Harms.