Angela Merkel, the New Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, the New Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel, the New Chancellor of Germany

After five months of instability, Angela Merkel finally takes office as Chancellor
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Angela Merkel has been elected German Chancellor today for a fourth term with the vote of the absolute majority of the Bundestag.

Merkel has managed to end the almost six months of political blockade with the support of 364 deputies of the 692 present. The elections of September 24 left a fragmented panorama and few options to form a stable government due to the fall of the two major parties (conservatives and social democrats) and the irruption of the far right Alternative for Germany.

«I accept the election,» Merkel told the chamber’s president, Wolfgang Schäuble. She wished him «strength and success» to face the tasks of the legislature.

The leader of the CDU will now go to the seat of the country’s presidency, the nearby Bellevue palace, to be formally appointed chancellor by the head of state, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, and then return to Parliament to swear the post.


Angela Merkel was first elected chancellor of Germany in 2005, becoming the first female chancellor to lead Germany. Holding the title of EU’s longest- serving leader, she is also credited as a prominent figure in the European Union (EU).

 Merkel was re-elected for a fourth term as chancellor of Germany in September 2017. With her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party winning the majority in the Bundestag. However, the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) won 13 percent of the vote. Entering the Bundestag for the first time since 1961. This challenged Merkel’s authority in parliament and her ability to form a new government coalition with the green party.

More problems arose in November when the Free Democratic Party (FDP) suddenly pulled out of the discussion for a new government coalition. But this past Wednesday, 171 days after the election, Merkel was finally able to take office. Two- thirds of the Social Democrats’ (SPD) members approved to renew the coalition with the CDU. This allowed Merkel to move forward with her term, leading a much-changed Cabinet.  

European Situation

The re-election of Angela Merkel as Chancellor of Germany is significant because of the rise of the ultra right.  There is also an increase xenophobic, racist, homophobic and nationalist discourse. The question of immigrants and the relationships with Europe are also at the center of debates.

As we can see in the infographic below, the map of Europe is being covered more by right-wing parties. Greece has already elected a far-right party in the parliament.

        Infographic about the extreme right parties in Europe


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