Printed Print – Fuel debate on Merkel & # 39; s succession

Printed Print – Fuel debate on Merkel & # 39; s succession

– by Andreas Rinke

Berlin (Reuters) – "I can, I want and I will": the title of a new book about Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer has a clear effect and is cleverly chosen.

Because the CDU Secretary General is considered one of the possible successors of Chancellor and CDU leader Angela Merkel. And the title seems to underline her political aspirations – although the meaning of her application for the secretary general is borrowed in February 2018. But the book by journalists Kristina Dunz and Eva Quadbeck shows that books reinforce political debates: there are three biographies of potential Merkel successors.

The fact that two were written about Kramp-Karrenbauer and one about Health Minister Jens Spahn is an indicator that provides journalists and publishers with the greatest opportunities. As a reminder: during a debate about the period after the Merkel between 2013 and 2015, biographies of the then-favorites Ursula von der Leyen and Thomas de Maizière were published. Significantly, a title at that time was "Chancellor of the Reserve".

For decades it has been a good thing for German politicians to also make politics with books. Books radiate seriousness and thoughtfulness. Chancellors such as Helmut Kohl used the medium to write down their own desired legacy after the career. But biographies also draw attention to aspiring politicians and underline their claims: Angela Merkel was interviewed in detail for the 2005 election campaign for the book "Mein Weg". The book is full of substantive views of a CDU politician, who was greatly underestimated at the time.

When the current SPD leader Andrea Nahles presented a book in 2009 with the subtitle "What's important to me", this was the final proof of the ambitious career leap. However, books on Chancellor candidates such as Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Martin Schulz simply meet the heightened public interest in learning more about people who are preparing to hold the highest political office.


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