What the papers say | Merkel re-elected

The Copenhagen Post’s review of what the Danish newspaper editorials had to say about the election of Angela Merkel to a third term as German chancellor

Stabilität über alles

Europe can breathe easier this morning.

Angela Merkel has been re-elected as Germany’s chancellor and leader of the continent’s strongest country.

Merkel’s course so far has served both Germany and Europe well, and most lawmakers in Denmark and throughout Europe – regardless of party affiliation here at home – will be relieved about the German election result.

With Merkel at the helm, Europe is likely to find a way out of its crisis as one union.

Her victory all but puts an end to the left’s call for eased fiscal policy. German voters, to their credit, have placed Merkel alongside the likes of Konrad Adenauer and Helmut Kohl as the greatest of the country’s chancellors. 

Merkel’s victory

Germany’s chancellor must live to her responsibility as Europe’s leader. Regardless of whether her CDU party gains a majority or must rule in coalition, she must work for stability and continue to be a staunch supporter of the EU and the euro.

Economically, Merkel must implement a minimum wage at home in order to prevent jobs from fleeing to neighbouring countries.

This has given Germany economic growth, but driven wages down in Denmark. German voters bought Merkel’s message of stability yesterday.

Now she must deliver, both in Europe and on the economic front at home. 

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This story was included in The Copenhagen Post's Morning Briefing for Monday, September 23. If you would like to receive stories like these delivered to your inbox by 8am each weekday, sign up for the Morning Briefing or one of our other newsletters today. 




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