INSIGHTS. “Sankt Martin” Could Have Shone by Becoming the Second Macron


At the end of the year representatives of the German–Baltic Chamber of Commerce (AHK) shared their insights on the political situation after the recently concluded German elections and German–Lithuanian relations.

“In order to enjoy the title of “Sankt Martin” and the effect of the saviour and messiah of Germany, used by the public in the heat of the elections, he should have focused more attention on Europe.” said Arnoldas Pranckevičius, former advisor of Martin Schulz in the European Parliament, during the meeting of the German–Baltic Chamber of Commerce. The head of the Representation of the European Commission in Lithuania also added that the election results in Germany were largely influenced by external factors as well.

He said that the major reason was the tangible stability of Angela Merkel’s lead, which had proven especially valuable after the political turmoil, caused by the Brexit and Trump being elected as the U.S. president.

Martin Schulz, the man nicknamed as the “Sankt Martin”, who had an opportunity to push Angela Merkel out of her throne after almost 12 years of reign, bringing a wave of fresh ideas that could have reinvigorated the political landscape, turned out to be too old-fashioned, carrying the nimbus of a messiah like a trivial trick, wrote Kate Connolly, analyst at The Guardian and Observer’s Berlin.

“Television debates did not reveal Martin Schulz as an interesting alternative among other candidates, but rather as someone undistinguishable, except, maybe, for his beard. Those, who wanted change, voted for the Alternative for Germany party. Economically strong Germany was the current Chancellor’s advantage.

As a former Mayor of Würselen, Martin Schulz was mostly relying on his political experience as a mayor, instead of promoting his “impressive leadership qualities” as the President of the European Parliament. Schulz failed to use his opportunity to become the second Macron by focusing on topics currently relevant to Europe, said the Lithuanian political analyst. According to A. Pranckevičius, the election results only reaffirm the weakening role of the social democrats. One of the reasons why they simply “did not have a chance to win” the Parliamentary elections was that they didn’t offer any solutions to the migration issues. Pranckevičius believes that the party needs new leadership. He appreciated the work of the Social Democratic Party of Germany in the opposition, although it was “a loss of the grand coalition and, at the same time, Angela Merkel”.

All in all, “German elections didn’t show anything new, since the country became a victim of the same influential forces, just like in many other countries. Lithuania saw the same situation two years ago as well.” emphasized A. Pranckevičius.

The elections of the new German Government, which will, undoubtedly, follow pro-European values, will bring little changes to the German–Lithuanian relations with Germany remaining a reliable partner of safety and economic cooperation.

Pranckevičius refers to the Lithuanian membership in the European Union as a “success story”, especially compared to the non-EU countries, such as Ukraine. “Being a small country, we belong to the best club, at the same time being able to act as a donor-country in the context of eastern partnership.” stated the Head of the Representation of the European Commission in Lithuania.

Prepared according to the AHK and The Guardian.


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