The candidates for her succession thus have every interest not to advocate for a break with the past, but rather to seek political continuity with the woman who has marked European history for 16 years and who accompanied a prosperous Germany.
These status quo candidates, whom she did not mention by their names, are her two main competitors - the current Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz (SPD) and the Minister President of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Christian Democrat Armin Laschet. Unlike them, she has never been minister, neither at the federal nor at the regional level. Baerbock knows that her main asset is her capacity to embody the desire for change that is currently sweeping the country:a poll by Süddeutsche Zeitung reveals that more than 60% of voters desire a new model of government. The "grand coalition" between the SPD and the CDU has run out of steam. However, she has to play it smart: Germans do not want to put an end to the prosperity and the sacrosanct stability that Angela Merkel has managed to install in their country.