CDU/CSU: the chancellor candidate debate

Germany’s super election year 2021 with six state elections and national elections officially began in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg on March 15. Although largely driven by their popular reigning prime ministers (PMs), the state elections also served as a first nation-wide indicator of voter sentiment. Especially following months of lockdown, slow vaccine roll-outs, insufficient testing and […]

In 2021, the Merkel era ends. Who comes next?

With general elections in 2021, Angela Merkel will be replaced as German Chancellor after being in office since 2005. Towards the end of her tenure, she once again guided Germany and the EU through a crisis. Therefore, all eyes will be on her successor. However, without a clear favourite and various coalitions possible, politics in Europe’s strongest economy is unusually open.