A Generation of Germans Considers Life After Merkel

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).
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).
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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 […]

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