BERLIN, July 22 (Reuters) – Germany’s Angela Merkel made clear on Thursday she would keep working on issues such as climate change till her last day as chancellor but, inscrutable as ever, gave little away about her plans once she leaves office after a September 26 election.
Merkel has led Germany for 16 years, steering Europe’s biggest economy through a global financial crisis, the euro zone debt crisis, a migrant crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, but she is not running for a fifth term.
“Every week has challenges. Look at the events we face – rising coronavirus cases, terrible floods. You can’t say there aren’t issues to be sorted out,” Merkel said at her final annual summer news conference, which yielded little hard news.
“There are demands made of me while I am in office and I will continue in that way until my last day,” said the conservative chancellor, known for her sober approach.
The 67-year old trained physicist who grew up in Communist East Germany said she had not reflected much on what she would do when she steps down.
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