Susan O’Keeffe: Merkel’s departure provides huge challenges for Germany – and Europe

EU leaders will watch with bated breath on September 26 – nowhere more than in Ireland which has enjoyed a positive relationship with the bloc’s key member in the past decade

26th August, 2021
Susan O’Keeffe: Merkel’s departure provides huge challenges for Germany – and Europe
‘Angela Merkel’s staid, almost dull approach to politics and governing delivered a remarkable level of stability through 16 years’

She was always going to be the hardest act to follow, but Angela Merkel’s departure from European politics has been so long coming that we had almost forgotten that she would actually have to go. In a matter of a few weeks, however, Germany will have chosen a new chancellor and a new government, marking a new beginning for the EU’s largest economy.

Merkel’s staid, almost dull approach to politics and...

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