11 February 2020

The political scene in Germany gets shuddered

Negoiţă Sorin

A surprising decision for Berlin’s political scene observers, the leader of the biggest party in Germany, the Christian-Democratic Union (CDU), Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has announced (February 10th 2020) that she is no longer running for the federal chancellor position at the elections to take place next year and, furthermore, that she will give up party’s presidency in the following period.

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According to Reuters and Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA) media agencies, Kramp- Karrenbauer will continue to lead the party until another candidate will be assigned, most likely until this summer, and will also continue to run the Federal Defence Ministry, until the end of the legislative period, that is about to end in 2021’s autumn.

The 57 years old German politician woman was elected to run CDU, supported by her predecessor, Angela Merkel, at the 2018 Congress from Hamburg, and it was appointed to run the party at next year’s parliamentary scrutiny.

Since taking party’s power, many observers have questioned her national leader capacities due to some misunderstandings between the members of the conservatory group. It all went critical after the “controversial” vote from Thuringia land, form last week, whereat CDU and the right Populist Party Alternative for Germany (AfD) have “worked together” for a liberal candidate to be land’s prime-minister. The main German political forces saw this process as a breach of the so-called political deal of not collaborating, ever, with extremists. The ulterior intervention of Merkel, who called CDU’s vote “unacceptable”, has highlighted the lack of authority of party’s president. After such scandal, the liberal prime-minister of Thuringia land, Thomas Kemmerich (FDP) has announced that he resigns his new position, only two days after the elections.

After the announcement made by Kramp-Karrenbauer, the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, has received her successor’s decision “respectfully” and, at the same time, she regrets it, underscoring her role in the improvement of CDU’s relation with the other German conservatory party, Christian-Democratic Union (CDU), that she teams with under the name “CDU Die Union” (the Union), in the post-reunification policy.

The unexpected withdrawal of the Christian-democratic leader is CDU’ failure, which is refusing, for almost a decade now, to redefine its own status in a world which is continuously changing. But this is not affecting the Christian-democratic union only, but also the entire democratic political scene, which is fighting, since the end of World War II, to create a liberal democratic country, able to take a stance internationally. It is unfortunate that this uncertain situation can be an advantage for the leftist forces (die Linke) and the rightist radical ones (AfD).

Given that, lately, CDU has been influenced by the internal conflicts between party’s leaders, such as Friederich Merz, Jens Spahn, Armin Laschet, former counter candidates of Kramp-Karrenbauer for party’s leadership and “aspirants” to the chancellor position, they, along with any other Christian-democratic personality, may shake hands and close ranks to reunite as a people’s party, which promotes democracy and social cohesion.