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German Chancellor Angela Merkel with young women during an event at the chancellery in Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel with young women during an event on the eve of Girls’ Day, at the chancellery in Berlin, April 25, 2018 (AP photo by Markus Schreiber).

A Generation of Germans Considers Life After Merkel

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

BERLIN—Like all young Germans, Lilli Fischer has lived nearly all of her conscious life during Angela Merkel’s tenure as chancellor of Germany. Now 21 years old, Fischer was just a newborn in 2000, when Merkel took over leadership of Germany’s center-right party, the Christian Democratic Union or CDU; she was just 5 years old when Merkel became the country’s first female chancellor in 2005.

Fast forward to today, and Fisher, too, has entered public life. Frustrated by the education policies of the state government in Thuringia, her home in the country’s east, she first got involved in politics while she was still in high school. Now, she’s the No. 2 politician from Merkel’s CDU in Erfurt, Thuringia’s capital, where she serves as a city councilwoman and works to give young people a louder voice in German politics. ...

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