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Cool, calm and collected — Merkel leaves but her political style remains

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People initially underestimated the German chancellor — but she has led four governments and mastered a series of crises in 16 years in office. She has worked with four US presidents, five British prime ministers and four presidents of France, not to mention the multitude of chancellors of Austria or prime ministers of Italy. In many capitals, leaders came and went — but Angela Merkel stayed.

And so it is understandable that many people, especially abroad, can no longer imagine Germany and Europe without Angela Merkel and wonder whether the economically strong nation at the heart of the continent will remain stable and predictable even without this chancellor.

She was unpretentious, unruffled and pragmatic when handling difficult partners. Even when provoked, she always dealt calmly with Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Often enough,........

© Deutsche Welle

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