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European Council bids adieu to Angela Merkel

Posted On: 8 Dec 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

German Chancellor Angela Merkel ended her 107th - and almost certainly final - meeting of the European Council on Friday in quintessential Merkel style.
She methodically walked reporters through the details of the two-day summit of EU leaders, hewed carefully to a centrist, nonconfrontational line in discussing divisive issues and difficult personalities, and patiently fielded questions about the ups and downs of her 16 years in office as she nears retirement.
And when it came to the inevitable pondering of the European universe without Angela Merkel, she was predictably stoic, politely declining to engage in a hypothetical question about potentially being asked to return to save the EU from falling apart. But she also noted, with her unshakeable calm, that there were ample reasons for concern, and that her successor - almost certain to be Social Democrat Olaf Scholz - will face “impressive challenges.”
At her closing news conference, Merkel, age 67, began by joking, with just a little smile, that her...

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