- Merkel to step down as chancellor after September elections
- Says she remains focused on problems, not future plans
- Clues she could play in a role EU Climate Plans
- Says other women have done more than'elle for gender equality
BERLIN, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - The German Angela Merkel has clearly indicated Thursday that she would continue to work on issues such as climate change until her last day as Chancellor but, still so impenetrable, did not disclose her plans once she left after the September 26 elections.
Merkel ruled Germany for 16 years, leading Europe 's largest economy through a global financial crisis, eurozone debt crisis, a migrant crisis and the coronavirus pandemic, b but she is not running for a fifth term.
"Every week comes with challenges. Look at the events we are facing - increasing cases of coronavirus, terrible flooding. You can't say there are no issues to be addressed, "said Merkel lors from its last annual summer press conference, which yielded little harsh news.
"There are requirements to me while I am in office and I will continue to do so until my last day, "said the Conservative Chancellor, known for her sober approach.
The 67-year-old physicist who grew up in communist East Germany said she hadn't given much thought to what she would do when she stepped down.
"There is little time and space to think about the next time ", she said when asked. 'asked about her plans.
Over the past few weeks, she has embarked on a sort of farewell tour, going to the United States and Great Britain. CLIMATE CHANGE
However, in an assured appearance in whichshe smiled and made some tongue-in-cheek comments, Merkel hinted that she might still have a role to play in the European Union's climate protection plans, titled "Fit for 55 ".
Saying tough negotiations on this could start while a new German government was being formed, she said: "We want to make sure that we have a good transfer ", adding that she could start.
nicknamed the " climate chancellor "in 2007 for championing the issue with the leaders of the Group of Eight and for pushing the switch to renewables in Germany, Merkel admitted that the pace of change had been too slow.
"I think I spent a lot of energy on climate protection " said Merkel.
"Yet I am sufficiently dtaken with a scientific mind to see that the objectiv Circumstances show that we cannot continue at this rate, but that we have to go faster. "
As Germany 's first female Chancellor, Merkel was hardly not to present herself as a strong feminist. When asked about the characteristics of women in politics, she launched a note of self-deprecation.
"Women tend to strive for efficiency, " she said, adding that there was also exceptions. She said other women did more for equality than she did, but she accomplished something.
Merkel, a Lutheran woman in a traditionally male-dominated Catholic party, was caught off guard when asked where she would be on election night, and stumbled, saying she didn't. hadn't thought about it but shewould be in touch with her party.
She has not betrayed any emotion about her impending departure, simply noting: "You usually don't notice this that you miss that once you We don't have it anymore. " Written by Madeline Chambers Edited by Gareth Jones
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