ANGELA Merkel led Germany for 16 consecutive years, known affectionately as ‘mutti’ – or ‘mummy’ – by her supporters. But for her party, her legacy will be tainted by the election defeat she oversaw at the end of her reign.
Last month, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) suffered a crushing blow in Germany’s election, seeing the party deliver its worst result in some 50 years. Now, as the CDU faces being ousted all together by parties jostling for a seat at the top table and Armin Laschet poised to resign, some have blamed Ms Merkel for the state the party now finds itself.
While Ms Merkel will go down in history as a successful European leader, for her party and supporters, she has failed at the finish line.
Any senior politician has a duty and task to ensure their party remains in power, and here, Ms Merkel dropped the ball, some experts have claimed.
The recent election should have seen CDU candidate Armin Laschet take over and continue the Merkel-era.
Instead, the Social Democrats (SPD) Olaf Scholz looks sure to be the new chancellor, and some within the CDU are pointing fingers at the incumbent ruler.
Christoph Ploss, a CDU MP and head of the party’s Hamburg branch, said: “The CDU is at a low point in its history, and of course people will ask to what extent Merkel, among other reasons, contributed to this,
“She was, after all, our party’s leader for 18 years.”
And one conservative backbencher was less forgiving: “She really neglected the party for years.
“Look at the state she’s left it in. That’s part of her legacy.”
The election saw the CDU and its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union, take just 24.1 percent of the vote — nearly nine percentage points down from 2017.
The disastrous result means the CDU might not even have a seat at the table in a coalition.
The election was narrowly won by the SPD with 25.7 percent, and the party has now started talks with the Greens and liberal Free Democrats (FDP) on forming Germany’s first three-party coalition government since the 1950s.
Mr Laschet said the CDU was “also ready for further talks”, but calls for his resignation are gathering steam, with rumours suggesting he could do so as early as this week.
Mr Laschet’s support has been ebbing away but. “Brinkwire Summary News”.