Tumultuous times for Angela Merkel as she is criticized in open letter, continues to navigate possible coalitions: Interview with Handelsblatt Global Editor-in-Chief Andreas Kluth


The relatives of the victims from the December 2016 Christmas market attack wrote an open letter to Angela Merkel, criticizing the chancellor for “political inaction” and a lack of condolences. Her office responded swiftly, saying she’ll be meeting with the families soon.

“This is sort of a nightmare for any politician to be put in,” said Andreas Kluth, Editor-in-Chief of Handelsblatt Global, also adding “I think she genuinely feels their pain as well.”

It’s not the only road bump for Merkel in the last month. Kluth, who recently published an opinion piece called “The beginning of the end of Angela Merkel as chancellor,” said many assume she is a “lame duck,” and her party, the Christian Democratic Union, may even start looking for her successor in the coming weeks and months.

Kluth joined Monika Müller-Kroll to talk about the chancellor, a dangerous package left near a Potsdam Christmas market, and Bono and The Edge from U2 making an appearance on Berlin’s U2 subway line.