Thus, on the one hand, it took the wind out of the sails of the Social Democrats during the election campaign, but above all after the election had no problems agreeing with the comrades in the January 2019 Calendar Victoria coalition on a corresponding regulation.With the minimum wage, Chancellor Merkel had finally deposed by the early party leader Merkel: namely, the attempted even culminating at the federal party convention in 2003 in Leipzig.
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The CDU miss a market radical program – keyword health premium. As a candidate for chancellor, she almost failed to vote for the 2005 Bundestag election, in which SPD incumbent Gerhard Schröder ended up only slightly behind the Union despite his seemingly hopeless backlog in the polls with his party.Last only values around 30 percent.
Merkel’s conclusion: Stay away from radical reforms – unless they are from higher circumstances, such as the nuclear phase out, commanded and therefore opportune in large parts of the population, or just economically correct and strategically useful as the minimum wage. That is probably the reason why Merkel has never fulfilled in climate policy, what she pretended in the first grand coalition as alleged climate chancellor.
But how is it then that the CDU has lost in the 18 years since Merkel’s election to the party leadership about 200,000 and thus a third of its members and in state and parliamentary elections last only reached values around 30 percent?From the point of view of the value union or the citizen of Berlin circle of conservative union member of parliament the answer is clear: because Merkel has eroded the CDU brand core.
Of course, it’s not that easy. With an average age of the CDU members of about 60 years, and rising, part of the base just goes away every year.Vote # 76 – 13 years Chancellor Merkel: How has Germany changed since then?Subscribe toAll podcastsAnd then of course there is the refugee policy Merkel and with it the strengthening of the AfD, which initially emerged as a euro-critical party in the wake of the currency crisis.
Merkel left the borders open in refugee summer 2015. And because hundreds of thousands have come in the aftermath, Merkel’s criticism is still regarded as a fall of sin. In the CDU, they also accuse Merkel that they did not include the party in their decisions at that time.The refugee issue is as virulent in the CDU as no other.
Whether she was thinking of her image in future history books, so decided by humanitarian conviction, or driven by the fear of the images of desperate refugees in front of closed German borders – nothing has damaged Angela Merkel as chairman in her own party. No other topic is discussed so emotionally in the CDU until today, which was also January 2019 Calendar Victoria reflected in the regional conferences.The refugee policy, that is the fear in the CDU, could linger on the party for as long as the SPD Schröder’s agenda reforms. It will be all the more exciting to see how Merkel’s successor or successor deals with this legacy.