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Merkel to stand for chancellor in 2013

The Local · 9 Jul 2011, 13:52

Published: 09 Jul 2011 13:52 GMT+02:00

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"I have high hopes that the Social Democrats will find me an adversary before the next election," the 56-year-old conservative Christian Democrat leader, who has been in her job since 2005 and was re-elected in October 2009, told the Sat.1 television channel.

Merkel said she was not concerned that opinion polls placed her behind potential Social Democrat candidates. "When campaigning comes round, I will put myself into it with enthusiasm," she said.

Two polls last month found German elites were disappointed with Merkel and the performance of her centre-right government.

But the chancellor's former rival during the 2009 race expressed confidence that German voters were ready for a change.

In an interview with the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is now parliamentary group leader for the opposition Social Democrats, stirred up speculation on who might emerge as the SPD candidate.

"Two years after parliamentary elections in 2009, it seems there's no question the public finds more interesting than which Social Democrat will become chancellor," he said.

A survey by broadcaster ARD put both Steinmeier and former finance minister Peer Steinbrück ahead of Merkel in the polls.

Steinbrück has been rumored to be a potential chancellor pick for the SPD, but Steinmeier said the decision on who might take the top spot wouldn't be decided until "late 2012 at the earliest."

Despite the CDU's slip in the opinion polls, Horst Seehofer, head of the conservatives' CSU Bavarian sister party, said there was no reason for worry.

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"It's natural halfway through the legislative term," he told German daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung

He also disputed any question that there was dissent within the conservatives' ranks about seeing the chancellor stand for another term. "Ms. Merkel is totally unchallenged," he said. "She has unlimited support from the CSU."


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Your comments about this article

14:34 July 9, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
Germany has the same problem as England, no party really represents the people. That is why only half of the electorate bother to vote at all.

Looking at all the possible candidates, which the Bundes-Tag is likely to present, there is nobody who actually deserves the job of chancellor.

A party democracy is better than no democracy at all, but it has the disadvantage of stopping highly intelligent non-members from being elected. Because the best brains of Germany are to be found outside of the political parties, the people only seem to have the choice between bad and worse. Merkel could therefore possibly win again despite everything she has done to ruin the economy.
14:49 July 9, 2011 by Englishted
@Kennneth Ingle,

I agree with you on many points ,but the difference between the two is the electoral system . Whereas in the U.K. it is possible for one party to win overall control ,in fact this is the norm and will return next general election I'm sure.

In Germany with the system here no one party ever is strong enough which mean a watering down of policies to form a compromise some people like that ,I do not I want to vote for policies that will be pushed through when in power.

A classic example is the liberals in the U.K. with education fees.

Sadly you are correct with the choice on offer,if Stefan Raab were to run he would win easily come to think of it he may well be the best, he gets things done.
15:47 July 9, 2011 by harcourt
Did anyone see Stefan Raabs pathetic efforts as joint compere for the Eurovision Song Contest , he was RUBBISH!!
15:55 July 9, 2011 by Englishted

He may have been to you, but without him it would not have been in German in the first place.

Even if he is rubbish (no need to shout) he is still better than all the other candidates.
16:49 July 9, 2011 by sunil2050
i love germany..

never been there but hope to go once( at least)

i admire the stance it had taken on Libya ,Iraq,nuclear Energy etc .
16:56 July 9, 2011 by Celeon
She wont make it. Her popularity is lower than ever before. Time for a change.
18:10 July 9, 2011 by harcourt
Sorry Englishted I didn't realise you were his agent !!
06:16 July 10, 2011 by DOZ
3rd time is a Dictator. The Americans figured that out.
13:27 July 13, 2011 by Englishted

It is O.K. just don't let it happen again ;-)
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