Politico: Merkel on her legacy: ‘She tried’14 August 2019 | 08:44 | FOCUS News Agency
During a live town-hall-style event with local newspaper Ostsee Zeitung, the long-time German leader was asked what she hoped children would read about her in history books 50 years from now.
After contemplating the question for a few seconds, Merkel responded with a smile: "She tried."
The audience in the northern coastal town of Stralsund laughed and applauded in response.
Merkel announced late last year that she would not seek re-election when her term comes to an end in 2021. With 14 years in office, she is one of Germany's longest-serving chancellors, guiding the country through the 2008 global financial crisis and more recently the 2015 refugee crisis, which caused her to lose support amid opposition to her open-door policy.
During Tuesday's event, Merkel was also asked what she plans to do when she leaves office, and she reiterated that she has no plans to continue in active politics.
"I will remain a political person, but I won't have an active political office," she said.
Merkel said this includes at the EU level, saying those jobs are "already allocated."
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