Angela Merkel would be “highly qualified” for a senior EU position once she steps down as chancellor, Jean-Claude Juncker said, referring to the German leader as “a lovable work of art”.
In an interview with the German Funke Media Group, the European Commission president, whose own term of office comes to an end in the fall, said he “cannot imagine” that Merkel would “disappear without trace.” Merkel steered the bloc through a period of economic crisis and political turbulence after becoming chancellor in 2005, earning her the reputation of being Europe’s most powerful leader.
Upon announcing her intention to step down as leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Merkel said she would not seek any other political offices after 2021.
There are always speculations about Merkel switching to Brussels. However, she said she is no longer interested in other political appointments. After the European elections at the end of May, Juncker’s post at the head of the EU Commission will be replaced, along with the post of Council President Donald Tusk. Juncker insisted that the strongest party after the European elections should nominate or at least propose the Commission President. “I am a huge supporter of this top candidate