Reporters – A tireless crisis manager: Angela Merkel’s legacy

During her first term as German Chancellor, Angela Merkel had to deal with the financial and economic crisis of 2008, which helped to forge her image as a defender of Germany’s interests and the savings of her fellow citizens. But there would be more challenges to come: the migration crisis in 2015 and the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. How will German history remember this scientist by training, who grew up in what was then East Germany, who defied the odds to become in The First Woman Chancellor of Germany? As Merkel prepares to retire after 16 years in power, our Berlin correspondents report on her legacy.

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