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The mixed legacy of Angela Merkel

The former German chancellor stepped in to lead ‘the West’ as the US started to shrink from the world stage.

In 2015, as the United States tightened its immigration policies under President Barak Obama, then-German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened Germany to one million refugees.

And while former US President Donald Trump told the world that the coronavirus would fade away as the weather warms up, she told the world – as a mother and a scientist – to take it seriously.

At the same time, Germany’s far right skyrocketed in popularity during her tenure.

Host Steve Clemons speaks with Kati Marton, author of The Chancellor: The Remarkable Odyssey of Angela Merkel, to find out more about what she leaves behind.