The announcement by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, confirming the intention she stated in the most recent German election, that she will step down as Chancellor in 2021 and not seek reelection as the Chair of the CDU marks the end of an era according to Chair of the Australia-Germany Parliamentary Friendship Group, Eric Abetz.
Chancellor Merkel has served as the Chair of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000 and as the German Chancellor since 2005.
“Angela Merkel has established herself as the most prominent leader of the European Union and is someone who has been a key driver in deepening the ties between both Australia and Germany, and more broadly between Australia and the EU,” Senator Abetz said.
“While Chancellor Merkel will remain as Chancellor for some time to come, the announcement does mark the end of a significant era in the history of Germany, Europe and the world as a whole and presents an exciting opportunity for the Christian Democratic Union to identify who should lead the party into the future.”
“Chancellor Merkel’s commitment to deepening the relationship between Australia and Germany has been highly impressive. From the creation of a number of new high level dialogues to effectively driving an Australia-EU trade deal, Chancellor Merkel has proven herself to be one of Australia’s closest friends.”
“As Germany enters a new phase as we look past 2021, I am looking forward to working with a number of my colleagues – including in particular Senator Cormann – as we seek to build an even stronger relationship between our two nations,” Senator Abetz concluded.