‘She’s preparing her exit’: Journalist Erik Kirschbaum on Merkel’s New Year speech


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for unity and more solidarity in her annual New Year’s speech, saying “we will only master the challenges of our times if we stick together and collaborate with others across borders.”

We asked journalist Erik Kirschbaum for his interpretation of Merkel’s message and his view on the challenges ahead for Germany. Kirschbaum sees the speech as signaling an end to Merkel’s leadership. “She’s preparing her exit, the way she’s talking about generations and paving the way for the next leaders,” Kirschbaum says.

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