German Chancellor Angela Merkel has remained quiet about her intentions to run for a fourth term in the 2017 elections, saying she will make her intentions clear when the time calls for it, but that hasn’t stopped some surprise support from political allies in recent weeks.
“Angela Merkel is our candidate”
Manfred Weber, deputy leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU), told Der Spiegel over the weekend that “Angela Merkel is our candidate,” which comes as a surprise declaration seeing that the ally party has been vocal about wanting Merkel to set a cap on refugees entering the country. “There is no doubt about that. I wish this declaration would come fast – from her and from us.”
Another key CSU ally, Horst Seehofer, still wants Merkel to place a cap of 200,000 refugees a year, but his request has become less popular over time as others in his own party feel that the drastic drop-off in those seeking asylum shows the problem is only temporary.
This recent round of support isn’t entirely reflective on Merkel’s popularity, as many members in her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party fear her running for another term will negatively affect their own run. A fear that was clearly a reality for many CDU candidates running in this year’s regional elections.