"Matriarchy" In Germany: Merkel transferred power to "Merkel 2.0"

07.12.2018

At the meeting of the Christian Democratic Union in Hamburg, the deputies of the ruling party of Germany elected the Saar Land Prime Minister and the CDU General Secretary Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

Early on the morning of December 7, the 31st Congress of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) started in Hamburg to name the new chairman. Angela Merkel left this post, but retained the chancellorship.

In her place claimed three people. There is no such thing in the history of the CDU. The exception is 1971. Then, for the post of head of the conservative party, Helmut Kohl fought with Rainer Barzel.

Favorites

The advantage in the election campaign was originally on the side of Friedrich Merz, who is in charge of the CDU and is a long-time “foe” of Merkel. In 2002, Merkel cleared her way to the chancellery, relegating Merz from the post of head of the CDU. Seven years later, a 63-year-old politician quit MPs and started doing business.

Merz, unlike competitors who were under the direct command of Merkel, could afford to confidently criticize the Chancellor not only on the issue of migrants, but also on social policy. The head of the branch of the largest American investment company BlackRock Germany stands for a liberal model of the economy and is against increasing the social responsibility of the state. The success of Merz was also partly affected by the fact that his candidacy was supported by the most experienced of the current German politicians - Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble.

Another favorite was considered CDU Secretary General Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer. The 56-year-old Prime Minister of Saarland was considered by many to be Merkel 2.0 or mini-Merkel because she promised to continue the middle course of the Chancellor, including on the issue of refugees, although Kramp-Karrenbauer allowed herself a number of harsh statements. She urged to send migrants convicted for rape in Cologne directly to Syria and to prohibit them from entering the Schengen zone. The general secret of the CDU has drawn attention to herself for speaking out against same-sex marriages, because, in her opinion, they do not lead to reproduction. As a mother of three children, Kramp-Karrenbauer equates homosexuality with incest. She advocates more active support for poor and single mothers.

The least chance of winning was predicted for the Minister of Health, Jens Shpan. He represented a new generation in the CDU, at the age of 22 he became the youngest member of the Bundestag, to which he was elected in 2002, when Merkel and Merz were playing the “king of the hill”.

Shpan is a critic of Merkel’s migration course, but he supports open discussions on same-sex marriage, because he is an open homosexual himself.

Chancellorship

Merkel hopes that the new CDU chairman will support her now and will continue her course after 2021. But one should not forget that Merkel herself was the favorite of Helmut Kohl and his successor as party leader, but in the end did not leave a stone unturned from his political principles, leading the party into liberalism and towards greater US support.

And in the three years that remained before the new election of the Chancellor, much can change - in the Federal Republic of Germany, in Europe, and in the world as a whole. And in the head of Kramp-Karrenbauer, who will be better able to understand foreign policy issues. At the same time, there are no guarantees (on the contrary, there are reasonable doubts) that the CDU will succeed in winning the elections of 2021 and even that Merkel will succeed in sitting out in the Chancellor’s chair before that date.

However, the preliminary results are such that Merkel’s “political funeral” is still being postponed. She managed to impose the party of her successor - or even, as detractors believe, her “full copy”.

Which, however, will have to act quite cautiously: the vote showed that the delegates at the congress had split almost evenly, and if something happened, the scale could lean in the other direction.

In the sense - in the direction of some other politician and potential chancellor.