Germany's first election in 16 years without Merkel isn't just a political occasion, but also a cultural moment

Germany's first election in 16 years without Merkel isn't just a political occasion, but also a cultural moment

9/26/2021 3:31:00 AM

Germany's first election in 16 years without Merkel isn't just a political occasion, but also a cultural moment

Angela Merkel, an apparently unflappable presence on the global stage, has been a constant presence for so long that it takes a leap of faith to think of life without her.

The world of 2005 feels a long way away.We had president George W Bush and prime minister Tony Blair; Prince Charles married Camilla Parker Bowles. Bombs in London and a hurricane battering New Orleans. Lance Armstrong winning the Tour de France yet again, despite those rumours; London winning the right to host the Olympic Games in 2012.

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And in Germany, a political earthquake. A politician called Angela Merkel, largely unheralded outside her own country, took over as chancellor from Gerhard Schroder, and became the first woman to hold the role.Image:Angela Merkel pictured campaigning in 2005 before she was elected as Germany's chancellor

The most powerful woman in Germany became the most powerful woman in Europe and, before long, the most powerful woman in the world. But now, after nearly 16 years in the job, Germany is voting for her successor.For the first time in Germany's post-war history, an incumbent chancellor isn't running for re-election. That has created a curious blend of uncertainty and caution - how, after all, do you campaign in a post-Merkel world? What works? None of the parties seem very sure of the answer. headtopics.com

AdvertisementPlease use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerGermany's election: What is at stake?For many in Germany, this isn't just a political occasion, but also a cultural moment. Mrs Merkel, an apparently unflappable presence on the global stage, has been a constant presence for so long that it takes a leap of faith to think of life without her. Her nickname - Mutti, which best translates as"Mummy" - reflects that sense of soothing dependability and reliance.

German election explainedOne in seven of the electorate is aged between 18 and 29 - plenty of them can barely remember a world where Mrs Merkel wasn't in charge. But today they will be forced to select between a range of candidates to take over the top job.

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Would you like to come and help us now Angela? We need somebody to take over this sorry condition we find ourselves in. Good riddance One thing I don't get: her name's Angela (AHN jeh lah)...why do some uk newscasters pronounce it 'Ahn GOH lah'? progress The reasons why Chinese eat bats and everything.. merkel was and is a beautiful thing in german culture

Germany elections: Merkel backs 'bridge-builder' Laschet as successorThe outgoing leader strongly endorses her party's candidate Armin Laschet in an unusually tight poll race. I really think it's about time the Germans changed their salute. BBCWorld Why would you use this photo? What are you trying to do? I can only think of one reason you would use this split second in time as a lead photo. This is wrong and below my expectations. I'm amazed. BBCWorld After all, it turned out that the Wuhan Research Institute in China was conducting an experiment to increase the infectivity to humans. China is responsible for compensating countries around the world. Many died of COVID-19. 👊💢

German election frontrunner Olaf Scholz: Who is the man likely to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel?Merkel and Scholz know each other well - Social Democrat Scholz has been Merkel's finance minister and vice chancellor in the uneasy 'grand coalition' of conservatives and members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) she had to bring together to form a government in 2017. Are Germans so unlucky?

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German elections: Voters decide who will take charge after MerkelThe election race could barely be tighter as voters decide who will run Europe's biggest economy. this is terrible news Lol sheeps still thinks their votes are counted 🤣 Imran khan prime minister

Germany elections: Merkel backs 'bridge-builder' Laschet as successorThe outgoing leader strongly endorses her party's candidate Armin Laschet in an unusually tight poll race. I really think it's about time the Germans changed their salute. BBCWorld Why would you use this photo? What are you trying to do? I can only think of one reason you would use this split second in time as a lead photo. This is wrong and below my expectations. I'm amazed. BBCWorld After all, it turned out that the Wuhan Research Institute in China was conducting an experiment to increase the infectivity to humans. China is responsible for compensating countries around the world. Many died of COVID-19. 👊💢

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