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Merkel's kick in the knees

DThe CDU chairperson has to cope with a paradoxical situation. She herself can only distance herself from the Chancellor with caution. Even subtle hints are even interpreted in her own party as "right-wing"; If she went further, it would not be far to the "Queen Murderer".

It looks quite different for Angela Merkel. Without a hitch, last week she saw Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and the people she surrounds portray in dealing with the Rezo video as, to say the least, bloody newbies ("we have to learn that"). The video was not, as always done and also the title suggested ("destruction of the CDU"), primarily an attack on the CDU, but on the governing coalition and on Merkel personally.

Actually, it would have been quite the Chancellor who could and should have reacted to the Rezo video. But she delegated the responsibility elegantly to her successor on the party leadership. For Kramp-Karrenbauer that was a kick in the knees. Because she has now been responsible for something for months, which she is not responsible and can influence only very indirectly.

Merkel reveals her idiosyncratic political style by exploiting this game (unconsciously?) For herself. Another example: When she calls out the end of "Pill Palle" in climate policy, it sounds as if it was not she who ruled for almost 14 years, but a ray of hope called Angela Merkel the successor of Kramp-Karrenbauer in the Chancellery and now everything wants to do a lot better.

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