Berlin– On Sunday Nov 20th all possible speculations about the future of Merkel’s political career were put to rest, as Merkel told her party CDU that she’s seeking a bid for re-election as Germany’s chancellor in next years’ election.
This announcement comes at a time of great political turbulence in both Germany and the EU.
With the stagnant EU economy, the unavoidable consequences of Brexit, the migrant crisis, and the shaky volatility of Deutsche Bank: Germans have a lot to consider in terms of what they want to see done with their country following their election in 2017.
Many pundits view Merkel’s decision for re-election as a direct response towards the fluid change in politics that Europe and the world is experiencing right now.
As a sort of Counter Reformation-like effort on behalf of the the established liberal elites; Merkel’s decision to run for re-election is an attempt to hold on to power and maintain the status quo that’s been shaping the landscape in Germany and Europe.
With anti- liberal events taking root around the world such as Brexit and Trump’s election victory, it’s easy to see why liberals would want more of the same in terms of policy, especially since it’s been announced that the majority of Germans desire Merkel to remain in power.
Merkel is viewed by many as one of the ‘last pillars of the liberal west’. A public servant that will aim to preserve the policies that has catapulted Germany into the state its in today.
Despite the obvious turbulence that the migrant crisis has caused in Germany and Europe, a lot of Germans remain in a defeatist state of false optimism, clinging on to the idea that a change-up in government would rock the boat even more so, and that even though things are bad enough as it is; they think that it can’t possibly get any worse for them.
It should be noted that even though Merkel is the leader of a party called the Christian Democratic Union of Germany , we should know by now that the public facade of liberal ‘conservatism’ no longer represents the true definition of conservatism.
Only time will tell how much longer she can survive as leader of Germany before the people deem her to be obsolete.