BERLIN European leaders paid a grand tribute to Germany’s Angela Merkel as she heads to what’s anticipated to be her final EU summit on Thursday.
Characteristically unsentimental, the 66-year-old chancellor, retiring from politics this yr, outlined a busy schedule for the Brussels assembly in her presumably final main speech to parliament. He coated the battle in opposition to the coronavirus pandemic, confronting “provocations” from Russia and the seek for an elusive settlement on migration to the bloc, however not a phrase about his legacy.
Guests to Berlin in current weeks have highlighted the affect of the EU’s oldest chief together with her delicate manners and quiet seriousness, whereas some quietly lamented the shortage of long-term imaginative and prescient.
EU Fee Chief Ursula von der Leyen, who served 14 years in Merkel’s cupboard, stated final month that Merkel was “infinitely valued” in Europe “due to her huge expertise. After we disagree, she is going to provide you with an thought and remind us of what’s necessary and break the impasse. That energy to unite, after all we’ll miss,” he stated.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte praised his “monumental authority” and stated he brings “motive and decency to politics. Whenever you begin talking on the European Council, lots of people typically hold taking a look at their iPhones,” he stated. However then everybody places their iPhones away. The pens are positioned. And we hearken to her.