Coming out of some rocky elections in both in the UK and United States, CNN spoke with Norbert Roettgen, a key politician in Angela Merkel’s CDU party, to weigh in on the Chancellor being one of the last leaders standing to hold onto the liberal order in the trans-Atlantic area.
“She will run for chancellor”
“She will run for chancellor,” Roettgen said with confidence when asked whether or not the German Chancellor is aware of this new pressure and if Merkel was even considering a fourth term amid her own declining popularity. “She is absolutely determined, willing and ready to contribute to strengthen the international liberal order. But we can’t see the chancellor or Germany as the last man standing.”
While recent poll numbers are not in her favor, Roettgen told CNN that he believes Merkel will run despite the setback and will continue to act as a responsible leader. “The Chancellor is a cornerstone in this political concept of the West acting as a global player.” However, he went on to stress that it would only work with the backing of the trans-Atlantic alliance and fundamentally the “participation of the strongest part of the West, and this is the United States”.
Merkel has chosen to remain silent on her decision to seek another term, but this is the first major sign that an announcement could be coming in the near future.