Despite question marks over her leadership, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected as head of the Christian Democrats in Karlsruhe.
Highly criticised by the party’s right-wing, particularly over Germany’s bailout of Greece during the euro crisis, Merkel delivered a fighting speech.
“I’m telling you, everything is at stake, if the euro fails, then Europe will fail. And with it fails the idea of European values and unity,” she said.
Merkel went on to defend the rest of the coalition’s record, even though she admitted the start had not been perfect.
“The disappointment about the start of the Christian Democrat-Liberal coalition government is all the more serious because for 11 years, we waited, we fought, we hoped and we worked toward it,” she said.
With just over 90 percent of the vote counted Merkel, who ran unopposed, remained the undisputed leader of her party. But, the result was below the near 95 percent she won two years ago, arguably reflecting the concerns in the CDU over its slide in the polls.