It’s known as the Angela Merkel effect. Many German voters still can’t get over the idea that the four-term chancellor isn’t standing for re-election less than two weeks before the election.
According to a poll conducted by the Allensbach Institute for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper this week, a record 40% of those going to vote on Sept. 26 have not yet chosen how they would vote, with the majority claiming they are uninterested in any of the candidates.
“None of them are convincing,” remarked Janis Schulz, 35, of North Rhine-Westphalia, as he smoked a cigarette in front of the Brandenburg Gate during a holiday in Berlin.
“Whoever you vote for will almost certainly create a coalition,” he continued, “but you don’t know with whom.” “It’s also difficult following Merkel’s departure. She instilled peace throughout Germany and Europe.”
Merkel has guided Europe’s greatest economy through the global financial crisis, the refugee crisis, and now the coronavirus epidemic in her 16 years in power, providing Germans with much-needed stability.