Angela Merkel: We need to fight for Europe

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 18, 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel thinks the United States is a rival to Europe on par with Russian Federation and China.

At a news conference later Thursday, Merkel said what she meant is that "it is right for me as German chancellor to strengthen, rather than not, my efforts to ensure a good, functioning Europe in view of the situations we have and in view of the polarisation".

Announcing her withdrawal past year, the veteran said she hoped it would allow her fragile coalition to finally focus on governing Europe's top economy, rather than lurch from crisis to crisis because of infighting.

Ahead of next week's European Parliament elections, German conservatives and their lead candidate Manfred Weber launched a campaign against Turkey's EU membership.

Merkel has loomed large on the European stage since 2005, helping guide the EU through the euro zone crisis and opening Germany's doors to migrants fleeing war in the Middle East in 2015, a move that still divides the bloc and Germany.

Merkel previous year gave up the leadership of her center-right party and said she wouldn't seek a fifth term as chancellor.

Yesterday she went further, saying that the European Union had to amass a "political strength commensurate with our economic capabilities" so that it could act independently of the great powers.

Kramp-Karrenbauer, sometimes dubbed "mini-Merkel", said in comments published earlier this week that she had no ambition to succeed Merkel as chancellor until 2021, which is when the current German legislative term is due to expire.

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