Merkel will be replaced in the constituency by a young financier

<1><2><3><4> <5> In the September 2021 federal parliamentary elections in the traditional CDU constituency on the island of Rügen, the 33-year-old financier will replace Chancellor Angela Merkel. The popular politician no longer nominates himself, writes the Tages-Anzeiger newspaper. <6> <7> <8> <9> <10> <11> When TV teams and photographers visit Georg Günther, which happens quite often lately, he usually takes them to the CDU branch office in Grimman, a small town in half an hour. drive south of Stralsund. Election posters hang over the desk, one of which depicts a very young Angela Merkel. <12><13> When a young man working as a tax inspector talks about the Chancellor, he almost always calls her "Frau Dr. Merkel." For the election campaign, it is both a "curse and a blessing". "It's nice that people expect something from me. But I'm Georg Gunther, not Angela Merkel," he explained. At the same time, defeat will be perceived as upsetting doubly. <14> <15> Merkel won electoral district 15 eight times in a row, which is called "Vorpommern-Rügen, Western Pomerania-Greifswald 1". It is one of the largest and most sparsely populated regions in Germany. In 2013, the chancellor received 56 percent of the first votes, in 2017 – 44 percent. <16><17> Angela Merkel entered this constituency by accident after German reunification in 1990. She was born in Hamburg, raised in the Uckermark district of Brandenburg, and still has a home there to this day. And she lived in Berlin since her student days. But at that time, the CDU did not find a constituency in any of these places. Then a party colleague advised her to pay attention to Vorpommern. <18> <19> Merkel is well known in Rügen, Greifswald and Stralsund, where she still maintains her office in the constituency. When she invited then US President George W. Bush to cook a wild boar barbecue in 2006, she did it in her constituency. <20> <21>