Farewell at the summit: EU without Merkel like “Paris without the Eiffel Tower”


Status: 10/22/2021 2:56 p.m.

For almost 16 years, Chancellor Merkel has been one of the most important people in the European Union. At what is likely to be the last EU summit, it has now been passed with standing applause. She could be there again in December.

Chancellor Angela Merkel was adopted with standing applause at what was probably her last EU summit. After a speech of thanks by Council President Charles Michel, the other heads of state and government stood up and applauded the longest-serving head of government, according to an EU diplomat. In his address, Michel emphasized that a summit without Merkel would be like “Rome without the Vatican or Paris without the Eiffel Tower”.

As a farewell present, Merkel received an “artistic representation” of the Brussels conference building in the Europaviertel. In her almost 16 years in office, Merkel took part in 107 summits, as Michel said according to the information. In his emotional address, the Belgian said that the EU would still “miss Merkel’s wisdom, sobriety and mediation skills, especially in difficult times. You are not leaving us. Your spirit and your experience will stay with us,” said the Council Chairman.

Will Merkel return again in December?

According to diplomats, a two-minute video with summit scenes from the past 16 years was shown at the small farewell ceremony. Merkel can also be seen in it with numerous heads of state and government who have long been in office, it said. For example, with French President Jacques Chirac, who died in 2019, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Meanwhile, it is not entirely certain that the current EU summit will really be the last with Merkel. Should the schedule of the traffic light coalition negotiations in Berlin get out of hand, the CDU politician could return to Brussels for the next meeting in mid-December.


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