How will German Chancellor Angela Merkel be remembered? During her 15 years in office, she has been confronted with crisis after crisis, from the Eurozone crisis, to the migrant crisis, to the Covid-19 crisis. Will her legacy be as a cautious pragmatist and shrewd political survivor? Or will she be remembered for Germany’s botched handling of the Coronavirus vaccine roll-out?
2021 is a “super election year” in Germany. On Sunday 15 March, state elections were held in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, and Merkel’s party was punished by voters. The Greens, in contrast, had a very successful election. Does this spell trouble for Merkel’s CDU in the upcoming Bundestag elections? After all, the Greens have been on an upward polling trend in Germany for months and surveys show that the environment and climate change are important issues for voters.
What’s next for the Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats? The poor results on Sunday will inevitably cast a shadow over the new CDU leader Armin Laschet, who now has to evaluate what went wrong in these elections. Should he be the party’s candidate for chancellor? Or would another candidate be better able to convince voters?
Has Germany’s vaccine fiasco hurt Angela Merkel’s legacy? Will voters punish the Christian Democrats in upcoming German federal elections? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!