Slutsky tied Merkel’s decision to resign as head of the CDU with the migration crisis

© AFP 2018 / Tobias SchwarzКанцлер of Germany Angela Merkel at a press conference in Berlin, Germany. 29 Oct 2018<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2018/10/ba4aa3946c6e7ba44031d71d225f6b87.jpg" alt="Slutsky tied Merkel’s decision to resign as head of the CDU with the migration crisis” />© AFP 2018 / Tobias Schwarz

The head of the Duma Committee on international Affairs Leonid Slutsky has linked the decision of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to resign as party Chairman of the Christian democratic Union (CDU) with the migration crisis in the country and low ratings.

Merkel, who heads the government of Germany since 2005, said Monday that she will not be eligible for the post of Chancellor in 2021. Also the head of the Christian democratic Union (CDU) does not intend to fight for a place in the Bundestag, and at the party Congress in December in Hamburg will not nominate his candidacy for the presidency of the CDU.

«Merkel statement of resignation as leader of the CDU is connected with the migration crisis, and low ratings, and, as a consequence, the wave of criticism that struck at her personally in recent times the party line,» said Slutsky reporters.

In this case, the politician is sure, the resignation of Merkel as Chancellor by 2021 is unlikely.

«And being the de facto head of state, she will stand on the platform of the CDU. The point, in my opinion, this design. Merkel thus reduce the reputational risks for themselves and throw a huge party cargo load. Having kept a post of the Chancellor, it will run until the end of 2021 in a safe tandem with those who come to a place in the CDU. This will ensure intra-party and intra-state stability,» says Slutsky.

He noted that such structures are encountered in the practice of the European countries.

Slutsky stressed that «European business» and cooperation with Russia, these castling should not soon be affected in a significant way.

«Not sure what this will entail early elections. At least, the distinction between the posts of leader of the CDU and Chancellor should not affect it,» — said the head of the Duma Committee.