Chancellor Angela Merkel and former US President George W. Bush: “She did what was best for Germany, and she did it on principle.” (Source: ZUMA Press / imago images)
Angela Merkel will travel to Washington for the last time as Chancellor on Thursday. On this occasion, the former US President George W. Bush found words of praise.
Before the German Chancellor’s farewell visit to Washington, former US President George W. Bush paid tribute to Angela Merkel’s almost 16-year term in office. “Merkel put class and dignity in a very important position and made very difficult decisions. She did what was best for Germany, and she did it on principle,” said Bush, who ruled from 2001 to 2009, who Deutsche Welle. Merkel will be received by US President Joe Biden in the White House on Thursday.
In an interview with the German international broadcaster, Bush called the Chancellor “a compassionate leader, a woman who is not afraid to lead”. Merkel managed to “survive in a pretty tough political environment”.
The ex-president described the outgoing Chancellor as “a very thoughtful, friendly person”. Merkel will no longer run in the federal election at the end of September.