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The CDU/CSU’s Ambivalent 2017 Campaign

Clay Clemens

past mandate but clinging on too long, and a complacent campaign relying on proven formulas despite resistance in the ranks amid ominous warning signs. These challenges and misjudgments did not deny Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union

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The Quest for Gender Parity

Angela Merkel and the Diversification of Electoral Politics in Germany

Joyce Marie Mushaben

When Angela Merkel became Germany's first female, eastern chancellor in 2005, most politicians and pundits viewed her as a transitional figure at best. No sooner had she been sworn in than journalists began characterizing her first grand coalition

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Germany and the United States

Whither “Partners in Leadership”?

Matthew Rhodes

Before a farewell trip to Berlin in November 2016, (a sixth to Germany while in office) u.s . President Barack Obama hailed Chancellor Angela Merkel as his “closest international partner.” 1 Indeed, the confluence of calibrated u

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Legacies of Leadership

Assessing Angela Merkel's Role in Foreign Relations and the European Union through a Gender-Sensitive Lens

Christiane Lemke

During her time as German chancellor from 2005 until 2021, Angela Merkel became a prominent political leader recognized worldwide for her political influence, perseverance, and commitment to international multilateralism. According to a Pew

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Sticking to Her Guns or Going with the Flow

Assessing Rigidity and Flexibility in Angela Merkel's Political Decision Making

Christian Schnee

Introduction When in September 2017 the Christian Democratic Union ( cdu) emerged once more from Germany's general elections as the strongest force, its leader Angela Merkel had already served as chancellor for twelve years. The puzzle

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Eric Langenbacher

ever. The politicians squabble, but Chancellor Angela Merkel will persist There is, however, much brewing underneath the surface. Expectations are rapidly mounting for the new grand coalition government—and not just for programs and policies

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Angela Merkel: What Does it Mean to Run as a Woman?

Myra Marx Ferree

Considering Angela Merkel as a female candidate raises questions of the extent to which political leadership has become degendered in recent decades. Three issues of gender and politics are considered here: the changes in expectations for women in public life, the shift in defining what is a "woman's interest" and how women may represent such interests, and the degree to which women challenge the "old boys' networks" with alternative connections to women and provide a critical mass rather than just an individual in office. The implications of each of these dimensions for assessing the impact of Merkel on German politics are considered. I suggest that her role can be seen as a feminist one, even if her own politics are not.

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From the Outside In: Angela Merkel as Opposition Leader, 2000-2005

Clay Clemens

As chair of the CDU in 2000, and of its joint Bundestag caucus with the CSU in 2002, Angela Merkel was the fist woman and fist easterner to head a major German party; she had risen as a protege of Helmut Kohl, but breaking with him over his financial improprieties vaulted her into power. These features of her biography made her leadership unconventional. So too did her style, characterized by interpersonal reserve and lack of charisma. Merkel's views on cultural issues and economic policy-in particular, reform of the welfare state-were more liberal than those of her Union's mainstream. Finally, her resources within the CDU/CSU were limited to a loose network of younger outsiders, who helped sustain her against rivals at the Land level. While Merkel survived a poor CDU/CSU election in 2005 to become chancellor, her time as opposition leader suggested that she would struggle in that role too, yet also served as a caution against underrating her.

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A Spectre Haunting Europe

Angela Merkel and the Challenges of Far-Right Populism

Joyce Marie Mushaben

Introduction: Mutter der Nation versus the Alternative for Germany Since 2005, Angela Merkel has secured her place in German history, given her unique status as the first woman, the first easterner, the first physicist, and even the first

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Coalition Politics in Crisis?

The German Party System Before and After the 2017 Federal Election

Frank Decker and Philipp Adorf

about a collapse in support. Why did the election eventually unfold the way it did? Without assigning an order of significance, the following factors determined the outcome of the vote: Crisis: Angela Merkel’s frequently repeated sentence that we