Despite stepping down, Angela Merkel will decide Germany’s destiny, according to the latest polls.
ANGELA MERKEL’S 16-year reign as Chancellor is coming to an end, but despite her party’s likelihood of losing the upcoming election, she will continue to shape the country’s future.
Angela Merkel has been the German Chancellor since 2005, and her admirers refer to her as “Mutti” (a German word for “mother”). But, as she prepares to step aside following the election on September 26, her long-ruling Christian Democratic Union (CDU) appears to be on the verge of losing power.
According to the Forsa Institute’s latest survey, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) is on track to win the election with 25% of the vote.
The CDU, on the other hand, has dropped to 19 percent, which is believed to be the party’s lowest rating measured by Forsa since 1949.
The Greens, the other major opponent, are polling at around 17%.
Ms Merkel defied her usual reticence during the election campaign this week, attacking SPD leader Olaf Scholz.
She cautioned that voting for the SPD would be a vote for the far left, stating that “Germany is at a crossroads.”
However, other observers believe that Mr Scholz represents the one thing that the CDU no longer provides: leadership. More Merkel, please.
Mr Scholz is thought to be the most similar to Ms Merkel in terms of temperament and policy platforms, including a higher minimum wage, more accessible housing, and solid pensions.
“There is no demand for policy change or style change,” said Daniela Schwarzer of the Open Society Foundations in Berlin.
“However, there is a desire for a non-CDU chancellor at some point in the future.
“A growing number of people are fed up with Merkel’s tendency of muting politics, failing to solve problems, and leading from behind. They don’t want to be disturbed, but they also don’t want to be disturbed.”
Germans may want Merkel’s style and wide policy approach to be maintained, but they also want the next chancellor to address the challenges Merkel has left behind, including as low-wage jobs, digital backwardness, and cautious climate policies.
The CDU is now confronted with the unsettling truth that without Angela Merkel, the party’s supporters are disgruntled.
“The party [CDU] always counted on Merkel’s power,” an SPD ally stated. It’s referred to as “complacency.”
The CDU’s chances are further hurt by Ms Merkel’s successor, Armin Laschet’s, growing unpopularity.
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