What Happened And What Is Going To Be In Germany?

After the Hessian state elections held, Chancellor Merkel announces she will not seek re-election as Chancellor.

Background of Merkel’s Decision

Germany held state elections in Hesse, the parties of the federal government coalition lost more than 20 percentage points together. (CDU 11.3%, SPD 10.9%), whereas the Hessian CDU’s coalition partner The Greens and the opposition party Alternative for Germany (AfD) won the biggest increases in votes compared to the last election in 2013.

“CDU got 27 percent of the vote. This also marked the worst result for the party since 1962.”

Despite the biggest net loss of votes, CDU maintained its leading position. The Greens beat the Social Democrats by 94 votes and became the second-strongest party. The election in Hesse was affected by federal politics and the poor condition of the German coalition government after two government crises. Surveys show that many Hessians wanted to punish the central government in Berlin. The coalition parties have spent much of this year with infighting.

“It is a clear signal that this can’t go on like this,” the chancellor said.

An Era Comes to An End

On November 22, 2005, Merkel came to power as chancellor, becoming the first woman, the first East German, and, at age 51, the youngest person to date to hold the office. After the election 2009, she formed a coalition with FDP. She was again the winner in the 2013 Federal Elections.

“Secondly, this fourth term is my last as German chancellor. At the federal election in 2021, I will not stand again as chancellor candidate, nor as a candidate for the Bundestag, and … I won’t seek any further political offices.”

After the Hessian state elections held, Chancellor Merkel announces she will not seek re-election as Chancellor.

“I was not born chancellor. I have never forgotten that” Angela Merkel said, announcing her decision to leave party leadership. Although she wants to serve out her term as chancellor.

The chancellor said that two issues, Brexit, and US-Russia relations, would be the main focus for her as long as she remained in power.

The chancellor said that two issues, Brexit, and US-Russia relations, would be the main focus for her as long as she remained in power.

Who Will Replace Merkel?

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely known as AKK or “mini-Merkel”, the current CDU secretary general, is often described as Merkel’s chosen successor.

Another possible successor is Germany’s current health minister Jens Spahn who criticizes Merkel about refugee policy.

Former MP and MEP Friedrich Merz who is an old rival of Merkel is also a candidate to replace Merkel.

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