With approval rankings as excessive as 80 p.c, German Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves workplace with assist that leaders the world over can solely envy. However her reputation wasn’t sufficient to steer her conservative bloc to victory in Sunday’s elections. As a substitute, the CDU/CSU plummeted to historic lows, gathering simply over 24% of the vote in comparison with the centre-left SPD’s 25.7%. So what would possibly a post-Merkel Germany appear to be? And may French politicians be taught something from the expertise as they put together for presidential elections in April of 2022? Leo Klimm, a German journalist primarily based in France, joined us for Perspective.