Another Iron Chancellor

Angela Merkel has won her third term and has obtained a strong majority. Many are wondering whether by 2017 the Kanzlerin will promote a historic turnaround that will set the stage for the European Union of the future. And if she’ll manage to introduce new reforms in Germany.

Berlin 2033: Angela Merkel returns to the political scene after having left government in 2017, at the end of her third term. A term that, as many had hoped, led to the birth of the United States of Europe. Then she stepped aside, only appearing in public at the Bayreuth Festival from then on. Of course, when she’d bid politics farewell she never imagined she’d be stepping back into the political arena 15 years on, at nearly 80. And yet that’s what she was having to do.

Because although Europe’s institutional program had found it’s footing, the single currency had stayed weak. No austerity policy or effort to bolster competitiveness had ever protected the euro against the sheer clout of the Chinese economy. That’s why Merkel had been called back and founded the political movement ‘Alternative for Europe’. This was a last-ditch attempt to avoid the renminbi, the Chinese currency, replacing the euro on 1 January 2034. Clearly, with the above scenario, Robin Alexander, the excellent Die Welt correspondent who has been following Merkel’s career for many years now, is indulging in a spot of political fiction. But even the German weekly magazine Der Spiegel and Britain’s The Economist have been flexing their acumen on the eve of the late September elections.

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