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Merkel’s last presser: pandemic, climate change and modernization

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Chancellor Angela Merkel answered questions from journalists at her expected last summer press conference after 16 years in office. The chancellor is not running in the elections set to take place in September. Asked on Thursday if she already felt nostalgic as her term nears its end, Merkel said in Berlin: “I will be able to start something with time.” Her last months at the helm of Europe’s biggest economy, however, will be busy. Not only is the coronavirus pandemic far from over, but the climate crisis is back in the spotlight after devastating floods in western Germany left more than 170 p…

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