New chancellor? Resignation, elections, vote of confidence: This is how it works in Germany
- In the history of the Federal Republic, there have been several attempts to force a chancellor out of office at an early stage – with varying degrees of success.
- After the withdrawal of the Corona measures at Easter, criticism of the chancellor is now growing, along with calls for a vote of confidence.
- But what ways are there to remove a head of government from office??
Berlin. Several times in the history of the Federal Republic, chancellors have had to leave office early. Helmut Kohl became chancellor by a constructive vote of no confidence against Helmut Schmidt. Willy Brandt had to resign because of the Guillaume affair. Gerhard Schroder, on the other hand, asked for a vote of confidence twice during his chancellorship – and still managed to stay in office.
After the withdrawal of the Corona resolutions at Easter, criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel is now also getting louder. Left-wing parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch has called on Merkel to call for a vote of confidence. In turn, government circles say Merkel is not thinking of resigning.