Armin Laschet, the intended successor of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, has made little impression during the flood, according to a recent poll. Only 26 percent of the five thousand respondents call him a good crisis manager, according to Der Spiegel.
Laschet, party chairman of the CDU and party leader for the upcoming elections, is under attack by the role he played in the recent flood in Germany. For example, he was filmed laughing and chatting in the hard-hit city of Erftstadt, while in the foreground President Frank-Walter Steinmeier expressed his sympathy with the victims.
The party leader apologized on Twitter the same evening, but that did not stop German media from criticizing his behavior. Der Spiegel wondered if Merkel really entrusted Chancellors job to someone who does not control himself. Der Tagesspiegel argued that this would never have happened to Merkel.
Due to the floods, the climate seems to be higher on the political agenda again. A poll by broadcaster ARD shows that 81 percent of Germans believe that more needs to be done in terms of climate. But Laschet, now Prime Minister of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia, is known to be more conservative in climate issues. According to a poll by the German research firm Civey Wednesday, 26 percent believe that Laschet can provide good climate protection.