Global Affairs

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s long goodbye

Germany is adrift as its chancellor fades from the scene. That is not good for the country and the European Union.


She will soon be marking 15 continuous years at the helm of Europe's biggest and wealthiest nation. She remains - by far - her country's most popular politician. And her government does not have to face the electorate for almost two more years.

Still, at every global summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel now cuts a lonely figure - remote, taciturn and strangely absent from the proceedings.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 23, 2019, with the headline 'Angela Merkel's long goodbye'. Subscribe