The systematic buildup of a successors for one's own job has become a standard procedure for corporate leaders. This should also set a precedent in politics.
It was a good sign: departing German Chancellor Angela Merkel took her likely successor Olaf Scholz to direct talks with other heads of state at the G20 summit in Rome. An act that shows stateswomanly greatness and foresight. This confidence-building measure does not merely signal continuity to Germany's partners, while strengthening Scholz's position among other heads of state. It also strengthens Scholz's foreign policy positioning to be "ready for the job.”
What Angela Merkel is currently undertaking as German Chancellor, she has failed to do as CDU party leader: to establish a successful successor. Granted: She is not solely responsible for the personnel and leadership crisis that erupted in the CDU when her chairmanship era ended in 2018. Over the course of the total of 18 years, one or two CDU leaders also left the "Game of Thrones" themselves. However, it is a fact that the CDU will elect its third chairperson in three years in the coming weeks. And it is also a fact that, according to surveys, the people did not trust either of Merkel's potential successors with the chancellorship.