By: Steve Dellar | 10-30-2018 | News
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Germany - Merkel Announces Shock Retirement

In a last-minute bid to save her government after two heavy defeats in regional elections both in Bavaria and Hesse, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced her retirement from politics.

The woman who has ruled the largest country in Europe for the past decade and was seen as the driving force of European expansion for the EU claimed that she would no longer seek to be the head of her political party after December of this year and that she would retire when her government’s term ends in 2021.


In doing so, Merkel seems to have saved her own government, the grand coalition (or GroKo as it is called in Germany) of her own conservative CDU and the socialist SPD.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Merkel dominates pages of German papers “She’ll be missed,” “political earthquake,” “End of an era” typical headlines. Still Chancellor tho! <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Nick Spicer (@nickspicerTV) <a href="">October 30, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In the past few days, rumors were abounding that the SPD of Ms Andrea Nahles would pull their support and let the German government fall, thus forcing new elections. The left is being destroyed by rising support for the Green party from younger voters who fear the growing effects of climate change in Europe.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Germany - Merkel Humiliation In Hesse Vote</a>.

However, Ms Nahles can now no longer drop the current government as doing so would leave Germany in a political vacuum and she would forever be known as the person who forced Ms Merkel to quit prematurely.

Given the current German Chancellor’s political legacy over the past decade, this would be political suicide.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Key dates in the career of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is expected to quit the party presidency in December after poor regional election results <a href="">@AFPgraphics</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; AFP news agency (@AFP) <a href="">October 30, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The CDU party of Ms Merkel meanwhile will be forced to start looking for a new Chancellor.

Even though they are dripping support to the anti-immigrant AfD who have entered various regional parliaments and even saw their support for the federal parliament rise in all polls, the conservative CDU of Ms Merkel remains the biggest party in the country and therefore, as per political tradition, the one who delivers the Chancellor.

Mr Seehofer, the current hardline interior minister who many assumed would take on the role, already stated he would like to concentrate on his beloved Bavaria in the future rather than lead Germany.

Related coverage: <a href=""> Germany - Merkel's Guaranteed Weekend Hesse Election Disaster (Video)</a>.

Since the announcement, seven candidates from within the CDU have stepped forward of whom most in the German press agree two are to be taken seriously.

<b>Ms Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer</b>

The 56-year-old former premier of Saarland ruled the German-French border province from 2011 till 2018 and is dubbed ‘Mini-Merkel’ by German media. She probably has the best chance of becoming the next CDU leader as Ms Merkel announced earlier this is her choice for the new party secretary general.

<b> Mr Jens Spahn</b>

38-year-old Mr Spahn has become one of the fiercest critics of Mr Merkel. Ever since her damned 2015 decision to welcome more than a million refugees, a policy blamed internally for the loss of the party to Afd, Mr Spahn has criticized her non-stop.

In order to move him out of the way, Ms Merkel named him health minister, a smaller cabinet with relatively few headlines.


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Anonymous No. 40797 2018-10-30 : 11:14

Good riddance to a National Socialist to supported the Islamification of Europe.

I wonder what her and parties gained from eventually bringing down Europe.

Anonymous No. 40798 2018-10-30 : 11:18

Thinking a little deeper and a 10-12 years down the road.

Eventually as Muslim numbers grow and they start to take positions in Government. They will at some point become in charge of the handling or the control of Nuclear weapons?

WWIII does not have to start between the USA Russia and China.

France and England have their own weapons.

Anonymous No. 40800 2018-10-30 : 11:29

Now that’s about the liberal way! Be elected as Germany’s president, create policies to make your country fail, thenretire quickly!

Anonymous No. 40803 2018-10-30 : 12:37

If National Socialism, (the natural way for Aryans) ran Germany once more, there would not be any of these problems or people. It will again. Gott mit uns!

Anonymous No. 40805 2018-10-30 : 12:39

The truth.

Bubba No. 40819 2018-10-30 : 13:59

Merkel is a Communist controlled by Jewish handlers.

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