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Life after Angela: what has Merkel meant to Germany, Europe and us?


About this ThinkIn

This is a digital only ThinkIn.

The German elections will mark the departure of Angela Merkel, seen by many to be the last great statesperson of our time. After almost 16 years in office, the German Chancellor will leave a vacuum of domestic and global leadership experience, not just in Germany and Europe, but the world. What are her greatest achievements? What will be her lasting legacy? Although the outcome will not yet be clear, the options facing German people are fascinating, and their choice potentially momentous. Will the right-wing, populist AfD seize the initiative; could the German Greens play a key part in shaking up Cop26? What role will post-Merkel Germany play on the global stage? 

editor and invited experts

James Harding
Co-Founder, Tortoise

Alexander Stubb
Former Prime Minister of Finland

Constanze Stelzenmüller
Fritz Stern Chair on Germany and Transatlantic Relations at Brookings Institution

Sir Sebastian Wood
Former British Ambassador to Germany

Stefan Kornelius
Author of Angela Merkel: The Authorized Biography