German Floods Shake Up Campaign as Climate Change Hits HomeBy
Disaster could redraw lines in campaign to replace Merkel
CDU’s Laschet, ahead of Greens, may find himself on back foot
Germany’s devastating flood damage has shifted the dynamic in the country’s election campaign, potentially redrawing political lines in the contest to succeed Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Images of battered cars piled up in swollen gullies and floodwater surging through sleepy half-timbered villages have shocked German voters. With the authorities looking ill-prepared and climate concerns back on top of the public agenda, the Green party has gained an opening.