Annalena Baerbock holds a chance to become Germany’s second chancellor by taking over Angela Merkel after September’s election. The Green Party of Germany announced its choice on April 19, Monday, making her the only woman in the race.
Reportedly, the Green Party will end up being the largest in the new coalition with the conservatives in chaos between rows over their candidate. This provides Annalena Baerbock with a strong chance to be Germany’s next chancellor. Baerbock is already being compared to young female leaders from New Zealand and Finland.
The party’s popularity has risen in recent years and the polls now have them as only a few percentage points behind Merkel’s CDU party. This is because more and more voters are turning to climate-related topics these days, according to a report.
In the year 2018, the Green party voted for Baerbock and Robert Habeck as joint party leaders.
More About Annalena Baerbock
Born in 1980, the same year as the foundation of the Party, Baerbock is a German politician serving as co-leader of Alliance 90/The Greens since 2018 alongside Robert Habeck.
She did a Master’s in Public International Law from the London School of Economics in the year 2005. She has been a member of the party since 2005 and a member of the Bundestag since 2013.
The 40-year-old politician describes her childhood as a mixture of water cannon at protests, and cake at home later – a mix of cosy middle-class radicalism. According to a report by BBC News, her parents used to take her on anti-nuclear demos in her childhood.
She has served in various roles in her career as a politician. She was the spokesperson for climate change of the Green Parliamentary Group between 2013 and 2017 and a deputy member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy. Commentators especially like her analytical approach to that of current German leader Merkel.