Angela Merkel welcomes Barack Obama at the chancellery in Berlin on last Thursday, November 17, 2016. CREDIT REUTERS. Today, members of Merkel’s coalition attacked her as a person “running out of stem that no longer represents the future.” As the Germans say, “Sie ist ein gewesen.” (Translation: She’s dead meat.)
LONDON — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners on Monday accused her of running out of ideas after she announced she would stand for a fourth term in next year’s parliamentary election.
The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner to Merkel’s conservatives in their ruling “grand coalition”, accused the chancellor of a “pretty feeble performance” in announcing her candidacy on Sunday evening.
By saying she will seek a fourth term, Merkel has effectively fired the starting gun on campaigning for the election in September next year, though she must govern with the SPD until then.
“I can’t see how Angela Merkel wants to improve this country and prepare it for future challenges,” SPD Secretary General Katarina Barley told reporters, adding that Merkel had run out of steam after 11 years in office.
“I think Mrs Merkel has her merits, but she doesn’t stand for the future anymore,” said Manuela Schwesig who sits in Merkel’s cabinet as minister of family affairs. The SPD politician was answering a question whether she experienced Merkel as being feeble in the cabinet, too.
Merkel, 62, said on Sunday that next year’s election would be more difficult than any since reunification in 1990 due to the threat from the right, social divisions and the possibility that Germany’s leftist parties could form a coalition.
An Emnid poll on Sunday put support for Merkel’s conservative bloc down 1 point at 33 percent, 9 points ahead of her nearest rivals, the Social Democrats.
Barley reaffirmed the SPD’s position that it would announce its nominee for chancellor at the end of January. Candidates under discussion are SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel and the European Parliament’s president, Martin Schulz.
Although her conservatives have lost some support at home, Merkel remains respected abroad for her management of the euro zone crisis and overseeing Europe’s absorption last year of the biggest influx of migrants to the continent since World War Two.
U.S. President Barack Obama last week described her as an “outstanding” ally.
(Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Sabine Siebold; Editing by Alison Williams)
Why hello there: President Obama shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as he arrives at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, November 18, 2012. A military junta forced her from office, she was impeached and found guilty of a rice scheme and fined $1 Billion — which she still owes the military government.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra toast during a official dinner as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks on from right at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) There is a rumor going around that President Obama lost the chance to date these two women ever again….
Former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives at the Grand Palace to offer condolences for Thailand’s late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, in Bangkok, Thailand, October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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