Press comments about Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: "Merkel sinks Kramp-Karrenbauer"

BBC (Great Britain): "After a series of public mistakes, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer finally fell over her inability to control her party – and her position on the extreme right – in East Germany. Like other mainstream parties, the CDU has the formula for the recovery of Voters who were attracted to the xenophobic nationalism of the AfD have still not been found – especially in the state of Thuringia, where the AfD more than doubled its vote in the regional elections last year … It will be a turbulent month for German politics. "

"The Times" (Great Britain): "The more the established parties take refuge in unstable large coalitions to exclude populists, the more powerful they become. However, if the populists are part of the government, such as in Austria, Finland or Italy, they will rapidly fall into place because then their all too simple promises meet the tough decisions of government. In Ireland Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have to consider whether a coalition with Sinn Fein, however hard to digest it, is no less risky than one Repetition of the election, which would make Sinn Fein even better. Ultimately, the benchmark for established politicians must be what enables effective government. The real danger is that persistent political paralysis will undermine belief in democracy The political landscape makes coalition formation difficult, but it does not make it impossible Lich. "

"Gazeta Wyborcza" (Poland): "Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer lacked the charisma and assertiveness to succeed Angela Merkel. When it became clear after the scandal about the vote of the CDU in Thuringia arm in arm with the AfD Merkel decided to sink it in. When Kramp-Karrenbauer took on the key roles in the CDU in 2018, observers wondered whether a politician from tiny Saarland could get along in the shark basin of political Berlin. After two years, it is clear: the hopes that come along Connected Kramp-Karrenbauer were in vain. The new party leader failed to emerge from Merkel's shadow. "

"Kommersant" (Russia): "The political system in Germany is in a serious crisis. It could even lead to the end of Angela Merkel's government and early elections. On Monday, Merkel's successor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer unexpectedly announced her withdrawal from the CDU Chairmanship and her waiver of a candidacy for the elections in 2021. The trigger for the crisis in one of the leading political forces in Germany was the election of the Thuringian Prime Minister: It was supported by CDU members and right-wing radicals of the alternative for Germany. moved across Germany, (…) it became clear on Monday: A much destructive storm hit the party of Chancellor Merkel. "

"Der Standard" (Austria): "So the CDU will be very busy with itself in the coming time, just like the SPD was when it came to finding candidates. Many people shudder to remember that it took almost six months The CDU cannot take that much time, one cannot believe that Kramp-Karrenbauer still sees the party conference next December as the date for the final clarification of this important personnel issue. In addition to self-discovery, there is still a not insignificant task : Germany, the largest economy in the EU, has to be governed. (…) At the same time, both Merkel and AKK are only politicians on call. How can the coalition go on? There are no good prospects for Germany. " "Tages-Anzeiger" (Switzerland): "Her failure was and is not just her own, it is also a heavy defeat for Angela Merkel. The 65-year-old chancellor must fulfill her wish to mature a similar-minded successor in Kramp-Karrenbauer see, buried. (…) The more powerless the party leader seemed and the more unpopular she became, the more irreplaceable Merkel seemed. As a quasi-president, she seemed to be hovering above the lowlands of politics With her sudden withdrawal, Kramp-Karrenbauer is now causing her party even more serious crisis. Which forces will take over the last remaining German People's Party in the future? If the CDU could even split in the next few years, the centrifugal forces should And is the end of the Merkel era coming even more abruptly than was previously thought? There is a lot in German politics these days become more insecure than ever before. " "Neue Zürcher Zeitung" (Switzerland): "The CDU therefore offers the CDU a great opportunity. The left-wing parties want to inform the public that the CDU has done a dangerous legal slide with the Fanal in Thuringia. The party therefore needs a personality that does not immediately tip over in such a media thunderstorm and does not take part in the hysteria. It also needs clarification in relation to the Left Party and the AfD. If the CDU does not want to completely transform its conservative and business-friendly profile, it must be done by both parties However, the CDU's principle that no political decision must depend on the AfD's votes is nonsensical: it blocks the CDU and causes it to drift further to the left, so the party needs a confident, bourgeois figure at the top, who is not looking for cooperation with the AfD, but is also not panicked when he does or receive uninvited support from the AfD. The benchmark of the CDU should be its own politics and not a strategy of demarcation from the AfD. "" El Periódico "(Spain):" The withdrawal of AKK, which was chosen by the chancellor (Angela Merkel) as successor, becomes a power struggle within of Christian Democracy. From this a man will emerge as the winner, who will very likely give the most elected party in Germany a conservative touch. (…) This new earthquake within the CDU, which is joined by others like that of Thuringia or the growing influence of the extreme right on the political agenda of the country, shows a phenomenon that goes beyond Christian democracy: a crisis of traditional ones Parties have established themselves in Germany. The CDU has long said goodbye to getting almost 40 percent of the vote. The last elections have shown that. The soon farewell to Merkel, which was an anchor of stability for the CDU and for Germany, will only exacerbate this crisis. "" Volkskrant "(Netherlands):" The future of the largest party in Germany is now open again, as is the question of whether the grand coalition led by Angela Merkel will remain until 2021. (…) Whether the government in Berlin survives the changing of the guard at the CDU also depends on the SPD. The more conservative the new party leader and candidate for chancellor, the greater the likelihood that the SPD will burst the grand coalition. This is almost certain with the current left chairmen Esken and Walter-Borjans. Theoretically, there is a possibility that Merkel herself will understand that she should rather resign in the interest of her party's future. But with a view to the upcoming German EU Council Presidency starting in July, this seems rather unlikely. "
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