Angela Merkel’s beleaguered darphin has sparked an uproar by suggesting restrictions on online freedom of speech after her party was targeted by youtubers on the eve of the European elections.

The right-wing center (CDU) of Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, nicknamed AKK, and the German chancellor came in first on Sunday, but she suffered the worst score in her history, two days after a call from tens of German influencers to vote against the ruling coalition, also composed of Social Democrats, because of its climate policy deemed insufficient.

“How would the country react if 70 newspapers called together, two days before the vote, to vote against the CDU and the SPD? It would have been electoral manipulation, “she said Monday after a meeting of her party.

AKK suggested creating rules to apply to “the digital world”. The subject has sparked controversy. He has come to dominate the trends, especially on Twitter where the hashtags like “censorship” or “AKKdémission” were in the lead.

The political opponents of the Christian Democratic Party president were not left out, like the leader of the FDP Liberals Christian Lindner, for whom the exit of AKK is “hardly believable”. “We need more open debate,” he argued.

Arm wrestling with Youtubeurs The CDU is entangled since last week in a tussle with youtubeurs.

Initially, a viral video of an influencer, Rezo, denouncing in 55 minutes the policy of the CDU, especially in environmental matters, was viewed millions of times.

 

 

Christian Democrat leaders at first mocked this long argued diatribe, then, faced with the scale of success, they invited the youtubeur to a meeting.

The latter did not respond to the invitation, broadcasting instead Friday, two days of the European, a video with dozens of other youtubers calling to vote, in the name of climate, against the CDU and his partner. social-democratic coalition.

On Sunday, German conservatives won the vote with 28% of the vote, thanks to the mobilization of the senior electorate.

But the score is at a historic low.

Conversely, the Greens, with nearly 21% of the vote, won the vote of the under 40s.

The failure of the Merkel government to keep its climate commitments weighed.

The post- election analysis of ARD television shows that this theme has become a priority for 46% of voters, a jump of 26 points compared to European women in 2014.