What Angela Merkel's exit means for Germany — and Europe

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The European Union is about to lose one of its last anti-populist voices.




German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been called the most powerful woman in the world, the liberal West's last defender, and the de facto leader of Europe. But 19 years after entering politics, she has announced she won't be running for a fifth term as chancellor and will be stepping away from politics. Her announcement comes at a pivotal time when nationalism is on the rise in Europe and the continent is still reeling from the 2015 migrant crisis. So what does Merkel stepping down mean for the future of Germany — and for the European Union?



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Happy Friday everyone! Thank you for watching our videos 🌻🌻

Author — Vox

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Me: reading the eng sub when she’s speaking german
Also me: realizing I’m German and don’t need eng sub

Author — Svea Boe

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What do you mean she became "one" of the most powerful women in the world? She's held that title every year for almost a decade now...

Author — nilocblue

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Love her, hate her, or be ambivalent about her. Mutti Merkel is an icon in many ways. I'll miss seeing her display her rainbow of blazers, while striking the signature hand sign pose.

Author — JayCookie

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I was born in 2002, so I can't even remember a time she wasn't chancellor. It's really interesting how attached you can become to a politician. I was always quite proud of her, since she's not only a woman, but also fron the Eastern part of Germany, which are both groups that tend to be underrepresented. She's actually extremely intelligent and even quite charming, which didn't exactly hurt her career. :)

Author — TsukiKabanoki

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Im german, i dont really like the CDU BUT i would lie if i say she didn't do a great job. Danke Mutti
Edit: a word

Author — IlIlIlIlIlIl

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germany: tries to take over europe with war
germany: loses
also germany: takes over europe anyway

Author — no robot

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I never understand when people say she is one of the most powerful women in the world. She’s actually just one of the most powerful people in the world

Author — Jamie *

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she is a prime example how leaders should act with rationality AND kindness

Author — Elioooh

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So happy she was around, while trump was president in the USA...

Author — ananasdance

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If you look closely at Switzerland. They’re just chilling while other countries are going through different times

Author — Timothy Kiefer

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“New German chancellor of 2021 failed in art school before he became a politician”

Europe: *Why do I hear boss music?*

Author — Spectre

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The US is the last country to say anything about emigration or Germany. Merkel led her country better than any of the US presidents did since Reagan's time.

Author — Zlatan Kemal Mukladzija

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Angela Merkel did a great job for Europe and Europeans in tough times. Lots of love and respect from Greece.

Author — Γιάννης Παπαδόπουλος

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"Anegrat Kramp-Karrenbauer could well be Germanys next Chancelor" - Press X to doubt :D

Author — Nicolas

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Im German and i didn’t even know that Merkel has her own emoji 😂

Author — Gregor 7008

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Vox:
"...AKK could very well become germanys next chancellor."


me: *laughs in german*

Author — Kurt

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Angelan Merkel has a Dr in Physics and is also a scientist !

Author — Rolf Niebergall

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It's funny to watch this videos as a German after 14 months of pandemic and the big fall if the CDU. Especially because Karrenauer failed a short time after this video.

Author — Lennart Goebel

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Und jetzt kriegen wir vermutlich Armin Laschet. Ufff 😂

Author — elyana