The Chancellor, 67 years old, including more than 30 elected career, will retire from political life after the elections on Sunday.
Angela Merkel called on Saturday to vote, in the name of “the future” of Germany, for the conservative Armin Laschet, in his last meeting on the eve of undecided elections which will turn the page of his 16 years of reign.
“It is about your future, the future of your children and the future of their parents and it is only every four years that you have the opportunity to decide at the federal level who should shape that future. for you in Berlin, ”said the Chancellor during a meeting in Aix-la-Chapelle alongside the Christian Democratic candidate, slightly ahead in the polls by the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz.
For her final meeting as chancellor, Merkel, who failed to prepare for her succession, spared no efforts to allow the unpopular and clumsy Christian Democratic candidate to catch up.
“You have to make the right decisions, that’s what counts for you tomorrow, because it’s your country and you decide on your future government” which will have to ensure “prosperity, security and peace”, underlined the leader.
“The world is changing very quickly”
“The world is changing very quickly and therefore Armin Laschet still has a lot of work to do as Federal Chancellor,” she argued.
“The C (of CDU) does not mean that you have to be a Christian to vote for the CDU, but that it is a vision of humanity that does not mistrust people, that trusts people and who always respects people and their differences, ”explained the Chancellor.
“Armin Laschet has shown throughout his political life that he can achieve this, not only in theory but with passion and commitment,” she said, describing a leader able to “build bridges between people And accept their “differences”.
The 60-year-old former journalist “learned politics from scratch and he runs this state of North Rhine-Westphalia like a prosperous federal state”, praised the head of the German government, which risks having to dispatch the current affairs in the coming months, during negotiations to form a new coalition of power.
The Chancellor, 67 years old, including more than 30 elected career, will then retire from political life, with popularity still at the zenith despite a mixed record.