German electors are going to vote in September and Angela Merkel will soon give way to a new leader for the Christian-Democrats and the Federal Republic, which she has governed uninterruptedly since 2005, even if with different allies. Her figure has been crucial for the European history, as the approval of Next Generation EU - among the most recent examples - testifies: this important measure would have never been possible without the endorsement from Berlin.
For this reason, Merkel's departure opens new scenarios not only for Germany, but also for the whole European Union. At the national level, an apparently weak heir has to reply to the Greens' challenge - unavoidable coalition partners for anyone who will form the next government. At the global level, the next German leadership could re-orient the national foreign policy and, consequently, the European one.
Which scenarios are to be expected and who are Angela Merkel's most likely succeccessors? How will the change of leadership impact on EU internal balances? Which effects will the departure of the Chancelor have on the French-German "tandem" and the relations with Italy?
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