Angela Merkel will step down as German Chancellor by 2021 – if not sooner amid growing health concerns. With no clear successor, her firm control over Germany’s economy, commitment to centrist democracy, and stabilizing influence in Europe’s foreign policy are all at risk. Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, International Correspondent for NPR in Berlin, joins Altamar to discuss the vacuum of leadership amid a perfect storm of German and European politics. As politicians at home compete to fill the void, the continent faces Eurosceptic populist leaders, Trump’s trade threats, and challenges from Russia and China. Who can fill her shoes?
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