Angela Merkel, who led Germany for 16 years in four terms, is stepping down as chancellor. Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany and was named the ‘world’s most powerful woman’. The new government in Germany is expected to for soon and the election is scheduled to take place on September 26. The chancellor will not be standing for re-election when the country goes to the polls even though she is sure to win the election.
Angela Merkel as a politician
In a democracy, political leaders step down only when they feel like they lose an election, fall out of favor, or run out of time. Dictators, on the other hand, take precautionary measures to stay in power for the rest of their lives. That is what is happening in the case of Xi Jinping in China. In that sense, Merkel stands out among them.
When she came to power in 2005, people had doubts about whether she would shine in that position. It was soon she could convert the faith of German people’s thought and made them understand how a politician should act like. Her supporters say she provided steady, pragmatic leadership through countless global crises as a moderate and unifying figure. For younger Germans, Merkel has been the only head of government in memory, where she stood as a confident woman comfortable at the heart of power. An October 2020 survey found 75 percent of adults in 14 European countries trusted Merkel more than any other leader in the region. During Merkel’s rule, relations between Germany and India improved considerably. Under the joint supervision of the Indian Prime Minister and the German Chancellor, an extensive co-operative system is in place, comprising departments of both Governments.
Merkel was born in Hamburg on July 17, 1954. She obtained a doctorate in quantum chemistry in 1986 and worked as a research scientist until 1989. received 17 honorary degrees throughout her time in office; also received foreign honors from several countries including the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.
During her first term as German chancellor, Angela Merkel had to deal with the economic and financial crisis of 2008, which helped forge her image as a defender of Germany’s interests and her fellow citizens’ savings.
Critics have accused her of being “outrageous” in her views but it was Merkel’s intelligent and precise efforts that resulted in the stability of the country especially during the era of terrorism and economic meltdown.
German Elections 2021
The German federal election is scheduled to be conducted on September 26 and on the same day, state elections in Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will also be held. The federal election was held after a four-year grand coalition between the CDU/CSU and SPD. SPD candidate Olaf Scholz and the Christian Democratic Party and Christian social union linked party candidate Armin Laschet will be the key competitors in the upcoming election. This is the first election after post-war history that is going to be conducted without the current chancellor participating in it.