EU’s Oettinger: Angela Merkel is a ‘lame duck’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s influence in her party is declining, European Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger said Wednesday.

“This is normal, she’s a lame duck,” Oettinger, a prominent member of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), told POLITICO in an interview in Brussels.

The ouster of Volker Kauder, a close ally of the German leader, as head of the conservative parliamentary group in the Bundestag “weakened the chancellor” but does not mean the end of the Merkel era, Oettinger said.

Merkel was “outspoken in favor of Kauder,” the commissioner noted.

Oettinger said he expects Merkel to be re-elected, unopposed, as party leader for another two-year term in December and favors this option. He also said he expects Merkel to finish out her term as chancellor.


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