Angela Merkel Peaces Out ✌️

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Four terms as chancellor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she will not be seeking re-election when her term ends in 2021. She has been the head of the centrist Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party since 2000 and Chancellor of Germany since 2005. 

A collapsing center

Merkel and her governing coalition have faced severe criticism from far-right politicians. Political attacks over Germany’s acceptance of refugees from the middle east have translated into election wins for the far-right movement.


LEANING LEFT:

Deutsche Welle: Opinion: Finally, Angela Merkel shows leadership

Vox: “A collapse of the center”: why fringe movements are winning around the world

The left highlights that Merkel’s decision shows leadership. They contend that Merkel’s decision is good for her party in the long run and allows her to build support for a successor of her choice. The left also emphasizes that the outcome is a result of the collapse of the center and a rise in extremist views.

LEANING RIGHT:

Breitbart: Claim: Germany’s Angela Merkel To Step Down From Party Leadership After Humiliating Elections

Daily Express: Merkel quits: She ignored winds of change blowing across Europe on migrants and EU

The right insinuates that Merkel is bitter about poor election results for her party. The right contends that Merkel did not adapt to the changing political winds in Europe and this led to her downfall – particularly her support for accepting refugees. 


Germany's role moving forward

Germany has long been a staunch supporter of the European Union. Some analysts argue that Germany will start focusing more on national issues, resulting in less German involvement in regional and global matters. With an increase in support for nationalism, this outcome could shift the political landscape in Europe.

The new Germany

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