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BERLIN — Millions of Germans will head to the polls in a federal election on Sunday that will determine who will succeed Angela Merkel after 16 years as Germany’s chancellor.

According to the latest polls, Germany’s center-left Social Democratic Party is narrowly ahead of Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian partner, the Christian Social Union. They’re closely followed by the Greens, the far-right Alternative for Germany and the libertarian Free Democratic Party, all holding onto double-digit poll numbers going into Sunday’s election.

The article goes on to state the following:

Another factor impacting this wide spectrum of electoral politics is the vacuum left by the departure of Angela Merkel.


“I wish she were running again and were staying on as chancellor,” Jessica Laufer, a 27-year-old voter, told NPR.

Lauren said it is “a real shame she’s stepping down.”

The Washington Post reported on Merkel’s departure, describing her leadership and legacy:

The four-term chancellor leaves office having steered Germany through international and domestic crises. In so doing, she has earned the Forbes title of “most powerful woman in the world” every year for a decade.

The rise of populism and nationalism in many advanced democracies — including the United States — cemented Merkel’s image as the “leader of the free world.” Her science-based leadership has been widely praised as exemplary in taming the coronavirus pandemic. At home, her legacy includes abolishing compulsory military service; phasing out nuclear energy; legalizing (with significant constraints) dual citizenship; adopting marriage equality; implementing a gender quota on corporate boards; and instituting a minimum wage.

This legacy is all the more noteworthy given that many saw Merkel as an interim leader when, in 2005, she became the first woman, first East-German-socialized, and youngest chancellor in German history. While her powerful leadership in many domains is widely recognized, her record on gender-equality policy is mixed. Merkel has a complicated relationship with feminism. Where she has led on gender-equality policy, it has been mostly from behind.

In the video below, world leaders comment on Merkel.

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  1. Apparently the German citizens have forgotten about all the middle east refugees Markel let into Germany who raped their women, killed their citizens and trashed their cities!

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