Sunday, 26 September 2021 will mark a significant turning point in Germany’s political system: after the federal elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has governed the country since 2005, will leave office. Although who will succeed her remains an open question, one thing is certain: the new chancellor will have to navigate rough international waters.
The geopolitical climate is becoming increasingly tense as the US-China competition intensifies, and the US demands support from key European allies like Germany. Within Germany, party preferences collide over how to deal with the two world powers. How these preferences are reflected in the election programmes of the six parties with the largest voter bases gives an idea of the already difficult domestic waters that a new chancellor will have to master. After all, since no party is likely to win an absolute majority in Germany, a governing coalition must first be negotiated in which the concerned parties can balance their political positions. So, what can we glean from the election programmes with regard to Sino-German relations?
Christiane Heidbrink takes a look at the election programs. Read the full article at: https://www.9dashline.com/article/clouds-on-the-horizon-sino-german-relations-and-the-bundestag-election