Political scientist Wolfgang Merkel said on the talk show Anne Will: “I do not think that she will regain her old power again.”
Mr Merkel pointed to the fact that Angela Merkel lacked support on all front – even from within the Christian Social Union (CSU) the sister party to Mrs Merkel’s own Christian Democrats (CDU).
Referring to the need to form another “grand coalition” with the CDU’s old partners in her last administration the Social Democrats (SPD), he said: “They would have to make big concessions to the SPD and alienate themselves even further from the Union core electorate.”
Federal Defence Minister and deputy leader of the CDU Ursula von der Leyen defended Mrs Merkel’s record in power, arguing that instead of attempting to form an alliance with the likes of the SPD leader Martin Schulz, Mrs Merkel should be talking to French President Emmanuel Macron on how they can shape the future of Europe together.
Mrs Merkel also came under fire from the SPD’s Carsten Schneider on the show, who said he saw her power eroding and her assertiveness disappear.
Zeit journalist Bernd Ulrich also thought Mrs Merkel’s power was “disappearing”.
He said: “Since the election evening, Merkel’s power is disappearing faster than ever,” outlining a historic upheaval that would, in his opinion, have ended the Merkel era with a better election result.
For Mr Ulrich, he also saw the entire political system as being weakened,…