(Sarc) A new English verb in terms of political sciences should be added: to merkel = to sweep or push away unwanted political big heads in your own party, mostly male, from their posts due to unpopularity, plagiarizing, subjective fear of getting stabbed in the back by own political competitors.
NRW-CDU ex-front-runner Norbert Roettgen (46), 'now' former federal environment minister, was a victim of "merkeling" due to his disatrous defeat in the North Rhine-Westphalian state assembly ('Landtag') election last Sunday in which the conservative Christian Democratic Union lost almost 631.000 votes (minus 8.3 percentage points) to 26.3 pc share by his unfortunate election campaign in the most populous German federal state.
Merkel was obviously so pissed off by Roettgen's bad performance as election campaigner and Horst Seehofer's (CSU, Governor of the Federal 'Free State of Bavaria') remarks in the aftermath of the worst CDU result after WWII that she kicked Roettgen out of office today without any regrets.
At around 4:30 pm CEST Germany's Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Roettgen's dismissal by 'quoting' the offical text of the Basic Law (Germany's term for its constitution) by requesting Federal President Joachim Gauck to relieve him from the ministerial post.
We should be aware that Norbert Roettgen did NOT step down, he was 'merkeled', plain and simple - booted from the cabinet.
It was not "ladylike" to remove Roettgen from office - but if her own 'body' is concerned she will ultimately pull the emergency trigger of the parachute that's what she did today.
Now one name can be added to the list of getting "merkeled":
Karl-Theodor Baron zu Guttenberg
Who is next?
Ursula von der Leyen (53), currently federal labor minister, would love to become Germany's next beautiful chancellor ("loves the term federal mom") - because she still looks young and crispy whereas Merkel (57) is only (....) and (....).