Berlin (dpa) – It is a kind of legacy of the foreign policy of crises and conflicts that Angela Merkel presents in the Bundestag. It sounds almost the same as always on Thursday morning, as the chancellor, in what will probably be her last government statement after almost 16 years, goes through the key points of the EU summit in which she will later discuss with the other leaders of state and government to find solutions. However, today there are many different things: the three candidates who have the chance to succeed Merkel attend the plenary. It’s a kind of showcase for chancellor candidates in September choice. Armin Laschet (CDU) has taken his place on the Bundesrat bench as Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia; he will later deliver his first speech in plenary in 23 years. Green Party candidate Annalena Baerbock follows Merkel’s words from her seat in the parliamentary ranks, while SPD candidate Olaf Scholz, as vice-chancellor, does the same from the government bench.
The chancellor’s face shows no sign of shame or pain of separation as it paves the way through the crises facing Europe and the world. Great displays of public emotion are not Merkel’s thing. He spends more than half of his speech talking about the pandemic, calling for it to be considered a careful attenuation. When the chancellor reaches out to other major international issues, it looks like a compendium, a kind of textbook for the three candidates, that is part of Merkel’s foreign policy legacy. Migration: You should not rest in search of a common solution, no matter how difficult it may be. The complicated relationship with Turkey: can only be resolved through dialogue, also on the issue of refugees. Russia: A common mechanism at EU level must finally be found to unite in the face of Moscow’s provocations. And, of course, the transatlantic approach to international conflict resolution that has been rediscovered with the new US President, Joe Biden, and the climate crisis that can only be overcome globally.
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