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Politics Will Be Poorer Without Angela Merkel's Scientific Approach

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Although Merkel maintained close ties with the research world, there is one crucial policy area in which her decisions have not always been backed up by science. Germany is not a leader when it comes to phasing out fossil fuels.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will stand down after federal elections on September 26, will leave behind a powerful legacy for research support and evidence-based thinking. Over the years, her administration has strengthened and internationalized German science.

Merkel, a theoretical quantum chemist from the former East Germany, brought compassion and an insistence—unusual among politicians, even in the time of COVID-19—that decision-making benefits from evidence. All of this will make her a hard act to follow.

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