German Chancellor Angela Merkel will appear for the last time at question time in parliament on Wednesday. This week is the last week of regular sessions in the Bundestag before the September elections.


The Christian Democrat Merkel no longer participates in that. She is retiring after almost 16 years as head of government. Her party (CDU) continues with the current Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet.

Merkel entered East German politics in 1989, just as the German Democratic Republic was collapsing.

A year later, she was elected to the Bundestag as a CDU deputy from a constituency in northern Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. She has since won all federal elections there. She became a minister in the federal government in 1991 and chancellor in 2005.

Merkel, 66, will probably be asked questions about the corona policy and the withdrawal of German soldiers from Afghanistan.

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