The German Merkel, who is bending out of politics, urged Germans to vote for her choice and ‘Keep Germany stable’.
German Angela Merkel is stepping down, but not without achieving more of the same. The Daily Mail reports:
Angela Merkel made a last-ditch effort to increase support for her future successor’s campaign, urging voters to ‘keep Germany stable’ by electing Armin Laschet.
The chancellor spoke in Laschet’s hometown of Aachen on Saturday, just 24 hours before the polls will open during an election that is too close to call.
Laschet, 60, pursued his Social Democrat challenger Olaf Scholz in the race for the chancellery, although final polls put the gap between them within the margin of error, making the vote one of the most unpredictable in recent years.
Merkel has planned to maintain a low profile in the election campaign as she prepares to retire from politics after 16 years in power. But she dragged herself into the turbulent campaign roster of the unpopular chairman of her party, Laschet.
In the last week of the campaign, Merkel took Laschet to her constituency on the Baltic coast and on Friday brought together the main statement of the final meeting of the Conservatives’ bigwigs in Munich.
But more of the same may not be the best way forward for Germany.