Angela Merkel’s impending departure from her leadership of Germany may create severe “political gridlock” for the country as Le Temps Paris Correspondent, Richard Werly, spoke to France24 about the “disunity and division” within the Chancellor’s government. Mr Werly warned that Germany may be set for the kind of political gridlock seen in recent years in places like Spain.
He said: “There is a sense of disunity and division within the government.
“But at the moment, I don’t believe any of the partners in the gross coalition would take profit from an early departure of Angela Merkel.
“Things are not yet settled, everybody is watching, the Conservatives, the Social Democrats, everybody is watching their back.
“They don’t really know what they can do.”
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Mr Werly continued: “So I would suspect that 2020 will be a year of pause, politically speaking, for Germany.
“That will be the problem.
“Germany is paying today the price of 10 years of political defence.
“They have played in the defence.”
Werly: ‘Germany is paying today the price of 10 years of political defence.’
The Paris Correspondent added: “Angela Merkel has always played in the defence.
“Now you have leaders who are all on the offensive, whether it be Trump, be Johnson, be Macron.
“So Germany now needs to react, it cannot remain on the defensive line.”
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He told France24: “The problem is that they have gotten used to that type of politics.
“They don’t really know how to readjust.”
In 2018, Ms Merkel announced that she would not seek reelection as leader of CDU at their party conference.
However, she intends to remain as Chancellor until 2021, when the next German federal election, at the latest, is to be held.
She has led her party since 2000.