Is the German election turning into a contest of Merkel imitators?

Germany goes to the polls in a crucial national election. Three candidates are vying to replace Angela Merkel, who’s stepping down after a remarkable 16 years as chancellor. And it appears to be an open race. Merkel has widely been seen as a key global player during her four terms in office. But she leaves behind a Germany mired in crisis. Climate change, corona pandemic, Afghanistan are all casting a dark shadow over her departure. So, on TO THE POINT we ask: The “crisis manager” departs: What comes after Merkel?