Recently, Angela Merkel was re-elected as the German leader, extending her tenure for a fourth term after originally attaining the position in 2005. This may prove her successes as leader, as her consistent showcasing of her capabilities, and influence in complex predicaments, may be paying dividends for the German population. Yet, whilst Merkel may therefore claim the plaudits, with her longevity at the pinnacle perhaps a key factor in her establishing herself as one of the most accomplished global leaders, focus may also be placed on other candidates who attained votes, most notably the right-wing party AfD; whilst they may possess alternate views on German politics, both domestically and internationally, they saw an upsurge in their votes, and their success in the election may prove the benefits of the democratic process, as voters may voice their opinion and ultimately have their will represented.
Merkel herself originally utilised a poignant event in German history to commence her path into the Bundestag, with the reunification of Germany in 1989 influencing her to found an innovative party involving plans for the entirety of the nation. In showing her ability to use situations to her advantage, she may have proven her political nouse, and she may have drawn upon this experience in future predicaments; in becoming the President of the European Council, she may have had to analyse all sides of debates, and find a productive solution for all, and therefore her success in creating a party solely striving to reunify Germany may have paid dividends. With the vast majority of political leaders being men, Merkel’s successes may also prove how any leader may achieve at the pinnacle, ultimately motivating a fresh influx of young females to strive for a career in politics.
Therefore, Merkel may naturally claim the plaudits, with another victory showcasing how, after a complex third term, she still possessed the capabilities to emerge as victor. Yet, it may be increasingly important to focus on the rise of nationalism in Germany, as whilst in other countries nationalistic ideologies seem to be on the rise, as showcased by the victories of Trump and Brexit, it seemed Germany may be heading along a different path, where they prioritised philosophies of acceptance and tolerance post-1945. Yet, an influx of votes for the AfD may suggest a collection of the German population may be requesting innovation, and may be utilising these nationalistic victories abroad as motivation for them to succeed in their quest. Ultimately, it also seems to show how all people, from a range of backgrounds and locations, may voice their opinions, and whilst their chosen leader may have been surpassed by Merkel, it may lead to her considering their thoughts more often, as they make up an increased percentage of the population.
Yet, the uprising of nationalism may reap dividends for Merkel herself, as considering the party possess opposing views to her, and the majority of the globe, nullifying their advance towards power may result in her playing an integral role in consolidating the overarching global desire for broadmindedness. This may be increasingly pivotal due to the recent situations at both Parsons Green and Charlottesville, with the latter resulting in a predicament between the right and left of the political spectrum, and in ensuring a resolve in Germany between the two she may influence America to replicate her actions.
With Merkel already in the position she recently won, she may seek to utilise the aftermath of the election in an alternate way to Trump, as whilst the latter utilised this period to prepare himself for the position, Merkel may already be prepared, and may solely aim to regain the votes others attained. Yet, whilst these influencers did attain an influx of votes, Merkel ultimately emerged as victor, with her overall successes throughout the last decade appearing to appeal, and resonate with, the German people, and in a period where multiple nations have altered the leaders, and therefore the ideologies which they may be adhering to, a fourth election win may motivate her to achieve the will of the people, and showcase the reasoning why they may have voted for her.
How may Merkel utilise this victory in order to ensure she may provide solidity across Europe?