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After the crisis, Merkel promises a “strong voice” to Germany in Europe

Ⓒ AFP – John MACDOUGALL – | German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the headquarters of her Christian Democrat Party (CDU) in Berlin on 5 March 2018

Angela Merkel promised Monday to rush to give Germany a “strong voice” in Europe in the face of multiple challenges undermining the EU, a commitment after six months of political paralysis that have weakened.

“Nearly six months after the legislative elections of September 24, voters” have the right to expect that something will happen at last, “she said the day after the decision of SPD Democrats to form a majority of government with her for a fourth Chancellor’s term.

“We see every day that Europe is in great demand, and that a strong voice from Germany, alongside that of France and other member states, is needed,” Merkel added before a meeting. of his Christian Democratic Party (CDU).

Ⓒ AFP – Sabrina BLANCHARD, Thomas SAINT-CRICQ – | The rise of the nationalist right in Europe

Because as a result of the German political imbroglio, the European flag seems to have passed into the hands of French President Emmanuel Macron. And it waited for the renewal of Ms. Merkel to negotiate an ambitious plan for reform of a European Union blunted by the rise of nationalism.

The latest example is Italy, with the rise in the Sunday legislative elections of anti-system forces that complicates the formation of a government. Berlin on Monday called for the rapid formation of a management team “for the good of Italy but also of our common Europe”.

– Anti-Merkel Fronde –

Among other European challenges, the Chancellor cited international trade, the United States of Donald Trump threatening to erect more and more customs barriers. The spokeswoman for the German leader accused Washington of “going wrong” with “withdrawal”.

She also mentioned the conflict in Syria, on which the EU is inaudible although this war has caused a migration crisis in Europe unprecedented since 1945.

Angela Merkel, whose candidacy for the Chancellery was formally presented to the Chamber of Deputies Monday for a vote on March 14, also faces the shattering breakthrough of the far-right AfD movement.

This has turned the political system upside down, put issues of identity and immigration at the forefront of the debate and fed a beginning of anti-Merkel slingshot within his party.

Some of the Chancellor’s Conservative troops believe that the rise of this anti-migrant and anti-Europe right is due to the centrism of Angela Merkel and the reception of more than one million asylum seekers between 2015 and 2017.

Ⓒ AFP – John MACDOUGALL – | CDU’s hard-core Angela Merkel detractor, Jens Spahn, arrives at the party’s headquarters in Berlin on March 5, 2018. He is expected to inherit the ministerial health portfolio.

The Chancellor has also agreed to give a ministerial portfolio, Health, the leader of its detractors in the hard wing of the CDU, the ambitious Jens Spahn. The latter claims a turn to the right and its proximity to Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Chancellor who made an alliance with the far right in his country, in the wake of the influx of migration in 2015.

Despite these uncertainties, Merkel has once again demonstrated its resilience after twelve years in power.

The sustainability of the coming government, however, remains unresolved as the social democrats go backwards. The coalition contract even provides for an exit clause in less than two years.

– The AfD gives an appointment –

The extreme right has welcomed the renewal of this alliance, considering having everything to gain because, according to the AfD, conservative and social democratic parties lose identity and voters by governing together.

“The bill will arrive no later than 2021” in the next elections, predicts Alice Weidel, figure of the Alternative for Germany.

Before the entry into office of the fourth Merkel government, a few formal steps remain to be taken. His allies must thus finalize the list of their ministers.

Ⓒ AFP – CHRISTOF STACHE – | The head of the Bavarian Conservatives, Horst Seehofer, then of a CSU meeting in Munich on March 5, 2018. He is expected to become Minister of the Interior.

The Bavarian Conservatives (CSU), supporters of a hard line on immigration, confirmed Monday that their leader Horst Seehofer will take the head of the Interior which has been added the controversial term “Ministry of the Fatherland”.

The SPD should appoint him this week probably the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Justice.

It should also confirm the mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz Finance, the SPD has forced Merkel to give him this portfolio to the chagrin of many conservatives who fear that a Social Democrat will push to ease fiscal discipline in Europe.

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