These were the words of a spokesman for the Werte Union – a group within Mrs Merkel’s ruling Christian Democratic Union critical of her leadership. Germany’s CDU party are currently in a chaotic coalition with the Christian Social Union of Bavaria and the Social Democrats. Felix Schoenherr of the Werte Union tells Express.co.uk how giving too much power to the more left-wing parties in Germany has resulted in the CDU lacking a clear message.
He said: “From Werte Union’s point of view, this crisis is mainly due to policy on energy and the refugee crisis.
“Also, there is a consensus that there is an appeasement to the left going on from Merkel.
“Around the last 10 years the CDU has tried to reach out to leftist parties, but this is a problem because the party’s standpoint is not clear anymore.
“If you are appeasing your opponents all the time the message cannot be clear, and this has left the party in a state of decline.”
But with the rise of the right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) party in occurring in the last few years, Mrs Merkel now faces pressure from both sides of German politics.
This has also coincided with humiliating defeats for Mrs Merkel’s party.
In the country’s 2013 federal elections, the AfD, having just been founded, won 810,000 votes winning no seats.
But in the next vote four years later, the party boosted their share to over five million votes, a rise bigger than Ukip’s between 2010-2015.
In last year’s state elections, Mrs Merkel’s party also suffered a huge blow in the Thuringia region – where her CDU party usually dominate.
This time they finished third, behind the AfD in second as Die Linke (The Left) claimed a surprise victory.
Mr Schoenherr highlights that these results and means Mrs Merkel must take responsibility for her party’s slump.
He said: He said: “Look at the results. In Hamburg we had 47 percent 15 years ago, now it is just 11 percent.
“You just have to compare the results from before Merkel stepped in and now. I think there is some responsibility there of course.
“There has also been a decline of party members – in any football club, if you have a coach with results like that you throw them out.
“We are in a deep crisis for the party which has to be resolved quickly.”
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Worse for the current Chancellor, an old party rival has returned and is bidding to undo her legacy.
Mrs Merkel beat Friedrich Merz to the leadership in 2002, then in 2009, he left politics.
He has emerged as frontrunner this time round, and Mr Schoenherr believes he could undo much of Mrs Merkel’s legacy.
He said: “I really think so [he would change a lot]. It may be very hard at first because of the coalition with the left-wing parties, so this means the coalition probably won’t work anymore.
“Things will drastically change within the party because if Merz becomes leader, the top of the party will have different personnel.”
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