In the survey conducted by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the think tank of 16 thousand people in 12 EU countries, “If there was a European presidential election and the candidates were only French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, which would you vote for?” question was posed.
In 11 of 12 countries, including France, the majority of respondents favored Merkel. Only in Bulgaria, “Merkel” and “Macron” responses were equal at 31 percent.
Merkel received the most attention in the Netherlands (58%), Spain (57%), Portugal (52%), Denmark (46%), and Hungary (44%). In these countries, the percentage of people who prefer Macron has remained around 20%.
In Germany, 42 percent of the respondents answered ‘Merkel’ and 27 percent ‘Macron’.
Angela Merkel surpassed Macron in France.
In France, Merkel’s preferences surpassed Macron’s. In France, 32 percent of the respondents chose “Merkel”, while 26 percent chose Macron.
Even in her own country, she was left behind: The Europeans’ choice is not Macron. After losing votes in 2018, Merkel, who has been Chancellor of Germany for 16 years, decided not to run again. It is a matter of curiosity in the country about who will replace Merkel, who will hand over the German Chancellery seat after the election on September 26.
What Will She Do After Her Duty As Prime Minister?
Merkel recently stated that she stopped asking the question of what she will do after her duty as prime minister, that she has not had a normal working day until now and what she is interested in other than politics, saying, “Do I want to write? Want to give speeches? Do I want to travel? Do I want to stay at home? Do I want to travel the world? For this, I have set myself first to do nothing and wait for what is to come. I think that is also very interesting,” she said.