With her re-election as head of Germany’s CDU Conservatives with an uncontested 98% of the vote, a record, Angela Merkel appears unassailable just ten months away from what she hopes will be her third General Election victory in a row.
She spoke for about an hour at the party’s Congress in a keynote speech that bristled with campaigning intent.
“The CDU-led government is the most successful German government since reunification, because we have the lowest jobless rate since 1990 and the highest employment ever. We have created work and security for millions of people and families,” she claimed.
So in command of her party is she that she felt able to launch a barb at her coalition partners the FDP, who will not have been laughing at her unusual foray into humour.
“A satirical programme has really said what I feel in my heart when they said: Maybe God created the liberal-democrats only to test us and make our lives complicated,” she said, letting the phrase hang for comic effect. At the end she was treated to an eight-minute standing ovation.
One complication that may arise come next autumn is an FDP too weak to give Merkel an overall majority, in which case she might have to seek an alliance with the Greens, or another dreaded “big coalition” with the Social Democrats. But much can change until then.
Copyright © 2014 euronewsMore about:
- 1Risk of fresh ash cloud threatens European air travel
- 2Russian military vehicles ‘seized in Ukraine’
- 3Russian aid convoy is ‘direct invasion’ says Ukraine
- 4Political turbulence in Ukraine as Poroshenko prepares to dissolve parliament
- 5[As it happened] Newsday: Russian aid convoy – Islamic State – Gaza – Ebola
- 1Everything you need to know about the Ebola virus
- 2Risk of fresh ash cloud threatens European air travel
- 3Orange alert: Iceland warns Europe’s airlines of possible volcanic eruption
- 4Islamic State militants threaten US over air strikes in Iraq
- 5#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians
- 1#ن: How an Arabic letter was reclaimed to support Iraq’s persecuted Christians | euronews, world news
- 2Ellen MacArthur: making waves on a journey to a circular economy | euronews, the global conversation
- 3Air Algerie loses contact with plane from Ouagadougou to Algiers | euronews, world news
- 4Putin T-Shirts flying off the shelves at Moscow megastore | euronews, world news
- 5Everything you need to know about the Ebola virus | euronews, world news
- 6Massive Swedish forest fire is declared a national emergency | euronews, world news
- 7Portugal hopes to become a pensioner’s paradise with zero tax offer | euronews, reporter
- 8Beyond the subconscious | euronews, futuris
- 9Eastern Ukrainians ‘hate Russian-led guerrillas’ — Arseniy Yatsenyuk | euronews, interview
- 10Iceland warns Europe’s airlines of possible volcanic eruption | euronews, world news
- 11Man, 27, fails in suicide bid after tigers reject chance to eat him | euronews, world news
- 12Romania buys into bitcoin big time | euronews, corporate
- 13Malta opera star Joseph Calleja’s summer concert draws big crowd | euronews, le mag
- 14Risk of fresh ash cloud threatens European air travel | euronews, world news
- 15Poland wants compensation from the EU for Russian import ban | euronews, world news
- 16Hong Kong gets smart on mobility | euronews, urban visions
- 17A robot that grows | euronews, futuris
- 18EU’s Russia sanctions doing more harm than good says Hungary’s PM Orban | euronews, world news
- 19Turkey’s women have the last laugh | euronews, world news
- 20Greek farmers suffer in economic war between Russia and EU | euronews, economy
Wires > News
- 13:01 CET Boat with 170 Africans on board sinks off Libyan coast
- 12:55 CET One dead in shooting at mosque in Switzerland – police
- 11:37 CET Yemen government offers to resign within a month to end Houthi…
- 11:13 CET Philippines recalls peacekeepers from Liberia over Ebola threat
- 10:55 CET Swedish opposition retains large lead in poll ahead of September…
- 06:57 CET Ferguson march muted, police officer disciplined over video
- 01:37 CET U.S. hostage rescuers dropped from night sky, Syria activist says
- 01:03 CET European powers float idea of Gaza monitoring mechanism