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After Angela Merkel, the fear of heights in Germany


German policy has known many storms. In February 1962, when the terrible Sturmflut (“Tidal wave”) had buried Hamburg and drowned 340 men, women and children, Helmut Schmidt, future chancellor, then simple Senator der Polizeibehörde (in charge of Internal Affairs) of his hometown, had earned his stripes as a politician by calling for the rescue of the army helicopters.

In 2002, it was the images of Gerhard Schröder, candidate for his own succession, rain boots, contrite demeanor, who came to support the victims in the mud and rubbish, which allowed him, it is said, to win the elections. Also, last July, when torrential rains fell on western Germany, killing 180 people, the country had its eyes riveted on the three main candidates for the chancellery. Would they pass the flood test?

Armin Laschet, 60, the leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), then favorite, was filmed in the devastated town of Erftstadt, laughing out loud, thirty seconds watch in hand, during the tribute to victims.

Armin Laschet, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia and member of the CDU, on July 17, during a tribute to the victims of the floods which devastated his region. This image caused its popularity to collapse.

Her most threatening rival at the time, environmentalist Annalena Baerbock, 40, an MP since 2013, did not even make it to the scene – at least in front of the c

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