Two major political news came from the Europe this weekend; German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that she will be running for chancellorship for the fourth time and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy had to concede defeat and forego his ambition to become President again in a major upset in the first centre right-wing primary, where he came third.
Last Friday, there was an announcement that German Chancellor Merkel would hold a press conference on Sunday, it was well anticipated that she would announce her bid to chancellorship for the fourth time. If she succeeds, she would become the longest serving German chancellor in history. However, this time it is likely to be the toughest in her career, as the German public remains highly dissatisfied with her immigration stance. In the local election in her home turf, her own party, Christian Democratic Union (CDU) lost to the anti-immigration newcomer Alternative for Germany, who secured the second place in that election, next to socialists.
In the French election, which is a lot crowded this year, Nicolas Sarkozy; the former President had to concede defeat in the very first centre-right primary in the French election. However, this is not a major upset, given the fact that Sarkozy’s political campaign was dogged by the scandals of the past. A prosecutor has called for a trial for French President Sarkozy, over illegal overspending during his presidency. But the major upset was the loss of Alain Juppé, who was widely expected to win the election. Instead, François Fillon, who was the Prime Minister under President Sarkozy and promised deep market reforms, came at first place with 44 percent of all votes. Mr. Juppé came second by securing 28 percent of all votes and Mr. Sarkozy got 20.7 percent. Next Sunday, there would be a show off between Mr. Fillon and Mr. Juppé. After losing, Sarkozy endorsed Fillon. With Socialist president François Hollande’s rating at record low, whoever wins among the above two would fight Marine Le Pen, the populist leader, whose winning the presidency could lead to further disintegration of Europe via French exit from the Union.