Letzte Aktualisierung: July 2, 2021
China first, German elections second
By Johnny Erling
Taking a swing at China is part of the standard repertoire in the US political campaign. It is now gradually spilling over to Europe. In Germany, political parties are also taking a stand ahead of the Bundestag elections, where the People's Republic is still a partner or already a "competitor and systemic rival". The Berlin-based China Research Institute Merics compared the election programs and drew a conclusion: "Unlike previous election campaigns, China is playing a bigger role this time. Almost all parties are taking a critical stance on China."