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Q: ... Are you going to miss Angela Merkel?
There are definitely qualitities that she has, I will miss, perhaps her successor will have some of those qualities as well, but her modesty, her restraint, her enormous personal integrity. I think sometimes people in Germany take it for granted, but the sense that she is absolutely incorruptible and that the blandishments of power and material success really don't matter to her. That's not the case with all leaders even leaders in democratic countries. And those are things that I think that I will definitely miss. I think her steadiness in a crisis, her pragmatism, her ability to do plain talking when it's needed. You remember at the beginning of the pandemic when she gave some of her speeches to German citizens, she told them things as basic as how to wash their hands well, and I think she is often appreciated more abroad than at home for some of those qualities. As you may remember, she received an academic distinction in the U.S. this past summer for her communication, her crisis communication. There's one other quality, and maybe I'll just relate my own little personal encounter, with [unintelligible] at the very start of her political career [...] and I mentioned a very famous book, Europeans are from Venus, Americans are from Mars, and she asked for a piece of paper and a pen and wrote down that title. ... She wrote it down by herself.
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Q: Melissa Crain, where do you see Angela Merkel this time next year?
CRAIN: I can tell you where I don't see her. I don't see her going through a revolving door like the one that her predecessor walked through to become Gazprom lobbyist. I do think that she will use her voice and her authority and her great esteem to try to convey messages where they count. We know that she was very close to Barack Obama. I don't see her writing million-euro memoirs, but I definitely do see her trying to do what he occasionally does which is to weigh in on important matters.
by Cat on Sat Dec 4th, 2021 at 09:58:49 PM EST
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Angela Merkel to pen political memoir
On Friday her longtime aide Beate Baumann announced that together, she and Merkel will be working on her political memoirs. Merkel "does not want to retell her entire life," Baumann told Der Spiegel magazine. "She wants to explain her key political decisions in her own words, and look back on her life's journey."

German Chancellor Reportedly Mulls Pulling Support for Nord Stream 2 in Case of Russia-Ukraine War, according FT

by Cat on Sat Dec 11th, 2021 at 12:04:57 AM EST
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