Published On: Tue, Mar 31st, 2020

Merkel humiliation: Party ally claims Chancellor ‘needs to be more like Boris Johnson!’ | World | News


This is because while Ms Merkel has suffered a number of electoral humiliations in recent years, Mr Johnson enjoyed success in December’s general election. In the country’s 2013 Federal Elections, the AfD (Alternative for Germany), having just been founded, won 810,000 votes winning no seats. But in the next vote four years later, the party boosted their share to over five million votes, a rise bigger than Ukip’s between 2010-2015. In last year’s state elections, Ms Merkel’s party also suffered a huge blow in the Thuringia region – where her CDU party usually dominate.

This time they finished third, behind the AfD in second as Die Linke (The Left) claimed a surprise victory.

Felix Schoenherr of the Werte Union – a group within Merkel’s CDU critical of her leadership – claims that she would have been more successful if she had made her position clear like Mr Johnson did with Brexit.

He told Express.co.uk: “From what I see in the news Johnson was leaning towards the Brexit crowd while Theresa May was trying to get consensus which didn’t work.

“Johnson was very clever with his clear cut message: ‘Get Brexit done.’

“We have polarisation now in society, and I think Johnson made a smart move by acknowledging this in the election when he said ‘Get Brexit done’.”

However, Mr Schoenherr says Ms Merkel has failed to achieve the same level of authority.

He continued: “From Werte Union’s point of view, this crisis is mainly due to policy on energy and the refugee crisis.

“Also, there is a consensus that there is an appeasement to the left going on from Merkel.

“Around the last 10 years the CDU has tried to reach out to leftist parties, but this is a problem because the party’s standpoint is not clear anymore.

“If you are appeasing your opponents all the time the message cannot be clear, and this has left the party in a state of decline.”

Now, as Ms Merkel vows to step down in 2021, an old rival is aiming to succeed her.

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When asked by Express.co.uk whether there are similarities between Johnson and Merz, Mr Schonherr said: “Yeah, I see certain parallels.”

He added: “From what I see in the news Johnson was leaning towards the Brexit crowd while Theresa May was trying to get consensus which didn’t work.

“Johnson was very clever with his clear cut message: ‘Get Brexit done.’

“The similar thing with Merz is that he is more clear cut while Merkel is just juggling around.

“Johnson took lots of votes from Ukip and the Brexit Party – that is what Merz is trying to do in Germany, to take votes away from the AfD through policy shift.”



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