Her decision not to be nominated again for the leadership of her party, the German Christian Democrats, announced Chancellor Angela Merkel, one day after her coalition vampire in the elections in the state of Hesse.
Merkel is preparing to give up her party presidency, preparing her succession, and CDU Secretary-General Angerett Kramp-Karenbueur has already announced her candidacy for the presidency of the Christian Democratic Union, according to sources in the party.
The German Chancellor announced that she would remain the head of the German government and withdraw from the Chancellery after her term in 2021.
The debate on the future of Merkel and its possible next steps in the EU was immediately revived, however, according to sources in her party, she has ruled out the possibility of claiming a high post in the European Union after the May 2019 European elections.
Angela Merkel, who has so far stated that he believes the presidency of the CDU and the Chancellery are interlinked, makes a turn at risk of loss of credibility and prestige. By doing so, she opens the way to her or her successor.
The German Chancellor has been campaigning for months to maintain his coalition government with the Social Democrats, but after the election defeats of Bavaria and Hesse, the German government is becoming more and more fragile.
Merkel, Germany’s Chancellor for 13 years, is increasingly being questioned both within her constituency and by public opinion.
The two local elections in October were announced as a test at the national level for the popularity of Merkel and his government team. Withdrawing from the CDU chairmanship seems to be the first consequence of these electoral failures.
For weeks now, the debate over Merkel’s succession is no longer a taboo in the CDU ranks, due to its weariness 13 months after her pirate victory in the federal elections. In fact, its popularity has not stopped after its decision to open Germany’s border to more than a million refugees in 2015 and 2016 at the height of the refugee crisis when the German far right was on the rise.
Another source of grave difficulties for Merkel is the situation of its partners, the SPD, in the coalition government. SPD Chairman Andrea Nalies threatened last night with a government move if there is no immediate guarantee of improving the government’s operation, which is undermined by the many-month internal conflict, mainly on immigration policy.
“The state of the government is unacceptable,” he warned.
More and more members of the SPD demand exit from the government for an “oppositional tug”.
Yesterday in Hesse, the CDU retained the top position and will continue to lead the local coalition government, but the 27% secured it represents a decline by 11 percentage points compared to 2013. Similarly, the SPD, which secured 19, 8% of the votes.
On the contrary, environmentalists doubled their performance and the German far right secured parliamentary representation in the last local parliament where it was not yet present.
“The situation is serious for Merkel. The question is whether we will soon be stuck behind the coalition with the words: “in dismantling”, “ironically refers to the main article of the Suddeutsche Zeitung.
The CDU leader in Hessen, Falker Bouffer, although considered to be a Merkel man, said the state’s election result is an “alarm signal” for the lineup “and also for its president.”
Franfurter Allgemeine Zeitung says it would be a big mistake for Merkel to hack into her post, “given her situation.” She needs to “prove” that she has understood what the world knows: “the end of her term as a Chancellor is approaching.”