After months of uncertainty, Germany has a new coalition government that will give Chancellor Merkel a fourth term in office. But is the women sometimes called the ‘leader of the free world’ a waning force? On International Women’s Day we discuss that question and others with Pascale Hugues (author and journalist), Nina Haase (DW political correspondent) and Maissun Melhem (DW Arabic desk).
Pascale Hugues is an author and journalist for the French magazine “Le Point”. She says: “A disastrous result in September’s election followed by months of quarelling and deadlock. It’s a weakened Angela Merkel that will be sworn in next Wednesday.”
Nina Haase is a political correspondent here at DW. She argues that “Angela Merkel has to take the hand that Emmanuel Macron has stretched out. They only have a narrow window to keep the EU together.”
Maissun Melhem - is with our DW Arab language desk. Syrian-born Maissun says: “While her social democrat coalition partners struggle to revive their fortunes, the chancellor can work calmly on her legacy. Angela Merkel is far from wounded.”