German Deunification

Gerhard Schröder, Angela Merkel, and the Liberal Roots of German Neofascism

  • Ingar Solty
  • Darko Vujica
Keywords: Fascism, Democracy, Marxism, Political Economy, Movements


In 2021, Angela Merkel's fourth and last term as the chancellor of Germany will end. To understand Merkel's domestic and foreign policy, one must understand the country she inherited. She came to power in 2005 following the first center-left government since 1982, the government of Gerhard Schröder, and was in the fortunate position of becoming chancellor after a coalition government of social democrats and Greens had done the devil's bidding of implementing very unpopular neoliberal policies to the sole benefit of German capital and the rich.