Merkel’s choice to attend a meeting of Bavaria’s cupboard was broadly regarded as a coronation of her successor following the southern nation’s aggressive management of this coronavirus meltdown raised Soeder’s profile nationwide.
“You won’t hear me remark on the problem of who will succeed in any shape or at any discussion,” she explained. “All I could say is that Bavaria has a fantastic premier and he encouraged me now.”
Soeder was one of the earliest of Germany’s 16 strong state premiers to inflict lockdowns and roll mass testing programs since the virus sailed to Germany.
Some translated Soeder’s choice to invite Merkel into Herrenchiemsee, a castle on an island in a river at which Germany’s constitution has been drafted in 1948, as a calculated move to introduce him as a federal, as opposed to merely Bavarian leader.
Merkel diminished to be any more special, but including in response to additional questioning she would always take invitations out of state premiers.