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International opinion of Merkel, then and now, as her tenure ends

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Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives at the Chancellery in Berlin on June 28, 2021. (Markus Schreiber/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

As Angela Merkel prepares to step down after a 16-year run as chancellor following this year’s German national election on Sept. 26, confidence in the leader to do the right thing in world affairs has been and remains high across many publics surveyed by Pew Research Center over the years. Over the course of Merkel’s tenure, Germans have generally had more favorable views of their national economy than other Europeans and Americans had of their own. Throughout Merkel’s leadership, Germans’ views of the United States have changed widely over time, largely dependent upon who the president was, while views of German leadership in the European Union have remained widely consistent among both Germans and people in other EU member states.

This Pew Research Center analysis focuses on German and international…

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