Merkel Forever! Poll Suggests German Leader Could Move to Top European President Role

Merkel Forever! Poll Suggests German Leader Could Move to Top European President Role


A survey pitting outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel against current French President Emmanuel Macron for the head of the European Commission has suggested that many EU countries would support a Merkel presidency.

The European Council of Foreign Relations (ECFR) survey asked residents of 12 European Union countries if they would support Mrs Merkel or Mr Macron in a theoretical race if the pair were to face off for the “president of the EU” role.

Mrs Merkel — who as German chancellor has already been the de-facto leader of Europe for 16 years — won a plurality of the votes in every country, including France, and an outright majority of the votes in the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.

Even in France, where Emmanuel Macron currently serves as president, Merkel beat the French leader by 12 per cent, though nearly half said they either did not know which candidate to choose

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