Angela Merkel goes for fourth term as Chancellor

Angela Merkel is expected to confirm today that she will stand, for the fourth time, as candidate for Chancellor meaning that, should she be elected, she will be in power until 2021. Mrs Merkel, 62, still enjoys considerable support in Germany with a 59% approval rating amongst Gemans.

Her decision, expected later today, will be good news for the United Kingdom since it will bring stability during an election cycle that may see significante changes in France & Italy during a period when the UK will be starting to formally withdraw from the European Union.

Theresa May met Mrs Merkel last Friday during Barak Obama’s “farewell tour” on his last scheduled international engagement before departing from the White House in January. Despite some tabloid hostility about Mrs May being “shoved aside” – a reference, presumably, to not being sat immediately next to President Obama, there was little opportunity for Mrs Merkel & Mrs May to engage in any bilateral diplomacy.

The German Chancellor has been a moderating force against the demands for harsh treatment being demanded by the French & Italian Presidents. Her decision to fight another election will provide some much-needed stability.

Germany and America are bound by common values — democracy, freedom, as well as respect for the rule of law and the dignity of each and every person, regardless of their origin, skin color, creed, gender, sexual orientation, or political views. It is based on these values that I wish to offer close cooperation, both with me personally and between our countries’ governments.

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Every G20 summit since 2008

Mrs Merkel, who grew up under Soviet rule in Eastern Germany, entered politics in 1989 following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Often called “Mutti” (Mother), Mrs Merkel is the only serving politician to have been at every single G20 meeting since 2008. If she wins and completes her fourth term, she will have been in politics for 22 years.

At home, Mrs Merkel is still very popular with Germans although her Christian Democratic Union party is under pressure from the far-right populist party Alternative for Deutschland (AfD). Germany’s proportional representation system means that, unlike under the United Kingdom system, AfD will have a significant minority in the next German government. Given German history, hard-right populist movements are unlikely to gain the traction that they appear to be doing in other countries.

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