On Sunday, the Germans choose a new parliament. And it ultimately decides who will take control of the European Union’s most populous democracy and take over as Prime Minister Angela Merkel. More than 60 million people are eligible to vote in this election.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Germany that she would not run in 2021. After overcoming the 2015 and 2016 immigration crises and the collapse of the euro area in 2009, we clarified our plans in 2018.
Germany has changed under the steady leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel — an economic powerhouse, home of more than a million immigrants, and a place where gay marriage is legal. Nearly 60% of voters are over 50 years old. Young voters mainly hear about climate change issues, but voters under the age of 39 make up less than 30 percent of voters.
The outcome of this election is important not only for Germany, but also for Europe and other countries. Merkel has been praised for crisis management, but has been criticized for lacking a long-term vision. The next prime minister will need to fly Germany for the rest of the pandemic. Form future relations with the United States, Russia and China. Understand what to do about the country’s outdated digital systems. And lead the country to a green future that promises its youth.
Chancellor Angela Merkel will leave as the longest-serving leader in the European Union, a power vacuum that French President Emmanuel Macron may seek to fill.
Most polls led the German government’s junior partner, the Social Democratic Party, but on the final day, competition narrowed. The new government can take weeks or months to emerge.