Is Merkel still in charge? She is still the chancellor and so remains the most powerful politician in Germany. But the fact that her succession plans have badly failed means that in her remaining months in office she increasingly resembles a lame duck. Kramp-Karrenbauer’s resignation may speed up Merkel’s departure, because she is seen at least in part to blame for the debacle: with Merkel still in office, Kramp-Karrenbauer inevitably lacked authority not least because she didn’t have the final say on government policy. But the Social Democrats, the junior partners in the grand coalition government, have said they will resign if Merkel is ousted ahead of schedule, which would most likely lead to early elections, so she is expected to stay in place until elections in 2021. … [Read more...] about Germany’s political crisis: how did it start and what comes next?
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A similar disruption can't be discerned from the CDU's youth organization. Though the members of the Junge Union (Young Union) generally profess even more conservative views than the party's leadership, they have so far been quiet on the issue of what direction the CDU should take post-Merkel. JU leader Tilman Kuban, for example, has not offered an opinion on who he thinks should succeed Kramp-Karrenbauer. … [Read more...] about Merkel’s party struggles with identity crisis in wake of CDU leader’s departure
Kramp-Karrenbauer’s surprise resignation on Monday, which she said was because she did not have sufficient backing, means the party is looking for a new leader. It now has to decide in an increasingly fragmented political landscape whether it shifts to the right – closer to the AfD – or keeps on the centrist course determined by Angela Merkel, the CDU’s leader until 2018. … [Read more...] about Germany’s CDU wrestles with move towards far right or the left
The 57-year-old “mini-Merkel” from the Saarland region had struggled in the seat at the top of Germany’s largest and most powerful party since being elected in December 2018. Many moderates in the party felt she was suppressing her liberal instincts to appease hardliners calling on the CDU to tack right. … [Read more...] about Fears grow that CDU crisis in Germany could spread across EU
At a time when many in Europe want its most powerful, wealthiest country to abandon its post-war policy of cautious reticence and give a forceful lead, Germany is looking inwards, struggling once again to decide what it wants, and how to avoid the mistakes of the past. … [Read more...] about Germany is weakened by doubt just as Europe looks to it for a strong lead