The Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel warned Europe today of its ability to meet the social, migration and economic challenges of the 107th and final Summit of “27”, in Brussels, in which she participated.
“I am leaving this European Union now in a situation that worries me. “We have overcome many crises, with efforts to find common solutions, but we have a number of unresolved problems,” he said.
Concerning the state of justice (independent justice, media freedom), an issue on which Poland is currently the focus of the EU, the Chancellor reiterated that she would like to see the tone dropped, calling for dialogue and greater understanding of the country’s history: “We must we have mutual respect. I think it is very important. “
For immigrant, the EU “remains vulnerable abroad”, the chancellor continued, at a time when the Belarus is accused by Brussels of leading refugees to cross its border with Europe in retaliation for the sanctions imposed on it.
Merkel also expressed concern for her competitiveness of the old continent, especially in new technologies, such as artificial intelligence, according to AFP. “Europe is not the most innovative continent,” he said, adding that its successors would have “big projects” to do.
The European Council without Merkel is like “Paris without the Eiffel Tower”
The 67-year-old chancellor, at the farewell summit for her, accepted many praises by current and former leaders from around the world. The 27-member summit “without Angela will be like Rome without the Vatican or like Paris without the Eiffel Tower”, said the President of the European Council Charles Michel.
Merkel’s departure from politics “will leave a big gap”, new Austrian Chancellor estimates Alexander Salenberg, noting “its great influence on the evolution of the EU”.
“It is someone who for 16 years marked Europe and helped us make the right decisions, with great humanity in difficult times,” said the Belgian Prime Minister. Alexandre de Croix.
“It was a compromise machine (…) always finding something to unite us and move on,” the Luxembourg prime minister said. Xavier Bethel. “Will miss him. “It will be missing in Europe.”