Angela Merkel’s role in EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s approval ratings are now down to 45% among her constituents, from a high of 75%. This is mainly due to a large influx of migrants attracted by Merkel’s “open door” migration policy. She is also faced with the problem of holding the European Union together as the UK prepares to exit the bloc. German federal elections are due in 2017, and Merkel was expected to run for a fourth term as chancellor. However, she has not yet confirmed her intentions in light of the latest ratings. Cui Hongjian from the China Institute of International Studies; Daniel Gros, Director of the Center for European Policy Studies; and Angela Stenzal from the European Council on Foreign Relations discuss the difficulties facing Merkel in the coming months.

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