BERLIN — When Angela Merkel became chancellor 16 years ago, George W. Bush was in the White House and Tony Blair was prime minister of Britain. There was no Twitter and no iPhone. Liberal democracy was in seemingly irreversible expansion, with the Orange Revolution having swept Ukraine. On Wednesday, asContinue Reading

NPR’s Sarah McCammon speaks with author Kati Marton about her biography of Angela Merkel, The Chancellor, and what the politician’s departure means for Germany and the world. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST) SARAH MCCAMMON: It seems as though Angela Merkel has been the leader of Germany forever, and in fact,Continue Reading

She’ll miss it by less than two weeks: Angela Merkel in all likelihood will not be the longest-serving German chancellor since Otto von Bismarck, the nation’s founding leader. When Helmut Kohl finally gave up the keys to the chancellery in 1998, he had spent 5,870 days in the top job;Continue Reading

On Thursday, people in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, pass election posters of chancellor candidates Armin Laschet (from right) of the Christian Democratic Union, Annalena Baerbock of the Greens, Olaf Scholz of the Social Democratic Party and Christian Lindner of the Free Democratic Party. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption toggle caption Martin Meissner/AP OnContinue Reading

Angela Merkel was on the campaign trail on Friday, two days before Germans head to the polls to elect a new parliament and thus her replacement. The 67-year-old is retiring after almost 16 years as German chancellor, but she is still out campaigning for her center-right Christian Democratic Union party.Continue Reading