It is probably the most remarkable change of strategy we have seen in this election campaign. However, it comes from none of the three candidates for chancellor, but from the Chancellor.
For a long time, Angela Merkel refused to take a position with regard to the battle for her succession. Apart from a rather dutiful participation in the CDU/CSU campaign kick-off at Berlin's Tempodrom, there was not a word from her on who she thought would be best to inherit her 16 years as chancellor. So clear was her Silence, that the first jokes were already circulating in Berlin about not knowing whether Merkel would even vote for the CDU.
Merkel is enthusiastic about Laschet after all
But since a few days everything is different. In the last few meters, Merkel seems to have discovered her enthusiasm for the CDU/CSU candidate for chancellor, Armin Laschet, after all – or even the need to campaign for him. She appeared with him several times in the past few days, sometimes during a joint visit to the Flooded area, then at an event held by the CDU and CSU on Monday at party headquarters in Berlin, where the CDU/CSU's new digital agenda was presented.