0940 GMT February 17, 2019
When the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) incredibly surged to become the second political party, no one would have thought that Chancellor Angela Merkel, after being in power for 13 years, says that she wants to take back her now diminished political power instead of acknowledging defeat.
In her recent speech at youth wing of Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the Junge Union Deutschlands (JU), Merkel said she would take key and decisive decisions to end the political infighting within her party and government in a bid to revive German government’s political power again – comments that were welcomed by the crowd.
Echoing that view, Merkel had told the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung daily that she would put in a great deal of effort to carry out her activities, both in the government and CDU, until the end of her chancellery.
Germany’s Iron lady is paying for her successful efforts in a host of global issues, like preserving and expanding of the European Union, standing up against Trump’s unilateralism, preserving the international accords like Paris Agreement, the JCPOA, as well as refugee crisis. She has now focused her efforts on her country’s internal issues and reviving her political power.
This is while Merkel’s exceptional capabilities in international arenas have turned her into one of the most leading world leaders, placing her atop among the five top world leaders.
A recent survey by the Pew Research Center which polled respondents from 25 countries found that Merkel has the highest approval rating among the leaders of five major world economies – China’s Xi Jinping, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, France’s Emmanuel Macron and US’s Donald Trump.
In Germany, 76 percent of those polled said that they had faith in Merkel's foreign policy decisions. But she enjoyed even greater support in France, where 84 percent said they viewed the chancellor's work abroad in a favorable light. In Britain, she enjoys the support of 53 percent.
By contrast, Donald Trump is the least trusted to do the right thing when it comes to world affairs. Overall, a global median of 74 percent express no confidence in the US leader, while only 22 percent express confidence in him.
Merkel is the political legacy of the former German chancellor Helmut Kohl, who had the helm of German chancellery for sixteen years from 1982-1998, and is more resilient to give up to the novice far-right politicians which are regarded as a threat for Germany.
What is obvious is that Merkel has achieved a lot for Germany, both in national and international matters, in her 13-year tenure as the leader of Europe’s first economy by relying on her inborn capabilities and political wisdom in pulling together different parties and weather her country out of crises, something that we shall soon witness again in Germany’s internal and foreign policies.
*Hossein Ziaee is a freelance journalist.