Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel Desires to Write a Political Autobiography

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel laughs as she receives flowers from new elected German Chancellor Olaf Scholz during a handover ceremony in the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel , 67, handed over the chancellorship to successor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday after a near-record 16 years in power. She didn’t seek a fifth term in office and hasn’t disclosed her future plans, though she has said in the past that she will not seek another political role.

But she did express a desire to write an autobiographical book explaining her most important political decisions.

Merkel’s longtime office manager, Beate Baumann, told news weekly Der Spiegel that Merkel “doesn’t want to retell her whole life. She would like to explain her central political decisions in her own words, and referring to her journey through life. . . The chancellor and I are sure that, if we do this book, then we will do it alone, without ghostwriters, without historians, without journalists,” she said.

– Ella Breedlove