- Title: From Biden to Johnson, leaders praise Merkel's legacy as she leaves office
- Date: 17th September 2021
- Summary: PARIS, FRANCE (SEPTEMBER 16, 2021) (REUTERS) GERMAN CHANCELLOR ANGELA MERKEL BEING RECEIVED BY FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON OUTSIDE ELYSEE PALACE, THE TWO TOUCHING EACH OTHER'S SHOULDERS AND SMILING BEFORE WALKING TO LECTERNS
- Embargoed: 1st October 2021 15:12
- Keywords: Adichie Angela Merkel Biden German election Johnson Kurz Macron Putin Rutte end of an era goodbye
- Location: PARIS, FRANCE / MOSCOW, RUSSIA / WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES / CHEQUERS, ENGLAND, UK / BERLIN, DRESDEN + DUESSELDIRF, GERMANYBerlin
- City: PARIS, FRANCE / MOSCOW, RUSSIA / WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES / CHEQUERS, ENGLAND, UK / BERLIN, DRESDEN + DUESSELDIRF, GERMANYBerlin
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Europe,Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001EV3W47B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:As Angela Merkel's term in office ends later this month, international leaders praised and admired the German chancellor's achievements during her 16 years in power.
A working dinner with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Thursday night (September 16), while the last before the election, was not a farewell dinner, according to an Elysee adviser.
There would be another opportunity for that in Paris later on, the aide said.
The relationship between Merkel and Macron started on a slightly difficult footing when in 2017, the then-new French president made ambitious proposals to deepen EU integration - which drew mixed reactions in Berlin.
But the relationship improved from then on, with "lieber Emmanuel" and "chÃ¨re Angela" working closely across the board.
While Russian President Vladimir Putin greeted Merkel with flowers for their last official meeting in Moscow in August, U.S. President Joe Biden wanted to "acknowledge the historic nature of her chancellorship" during a meeting in July.
"Here's an exemplary life of groundbreaking service to Germany, and I might add, and I mean it from the bottom of my heart to the world."
"On behalf of the United States, thank you Angela for your career of strong, principled leadership and thank you for speaking out for what is right and for never failing to defend human dignity," Biden told Merkel this past summer.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a recent visit to Germany told Merkel "you have held Europe on course in decisive moments. Angela, I know you don't like to hear eulogies, but this had to be said today."
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz expressed admiration for Merkel's "incredible wealth of experience" which he said, "is certainly something that all the EU leaders will miss and not just me."
Germans elect a new parliament on Sept. 26 and under the German constitution, Merkel will remain chancellor until a majority of Bundestag lawmakers elect a successor.
There are no formal restrictions on her powers, though Merkel is a consensus seeker and previous chancellors have not taken radical decisions during that time.
(Production: Tanya Wood, Michele Sani)
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