Today at the CDU Party Meeting in Essen, Angela Merkel was re-elected as the head of the CDU. With 89.5% of the votes, Die Zeit is reporting that these aren’t great numbers. Interesting to note, however, is that Merkel’s numbers in 2004 were worse: at that time, she only received 88.4% of the votes.
What I find compelling in the past several weeks of Merkel’s public appearances is the notion that Merkel’s domestic and foreign appearances highlight different sides of the Chancellor. After the decision to allow refugees entry into Germany, Merkel was frequently portrayed as having moved to the left. In her pivot on refugee issues and national identity in this speech for a domestic audience, Merkel has moved rightward. I’m quite interested to explore how Merkel will navigate this question of position in the leadup to the fall elections.