Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected in December as the new leader of the Democratic Union Party (CDU) of Merkel and is considered the natural successor to Merkel. It is expected to continue her style of firm and pragmatic leadership.
Merkel The impending departure from politics will be a loss for Europe, as she is a longtime regional leader and a certain moral compass for Europe, despite her criticism of her decision, over one million migrants, mostly from Syria There is no apparent substitute for Merkel as Europe's figurehead with its Western European counterparts, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Theresa May and the Italian government, all of whom are experiencing political turmoil.
Merkel's remarks from Wednesday may indeed be seen as a rebuke to the nationalist practices of some European nations, as well as to President Donald Trump's policies in America First policy.
Merkel said Germany faces "three big challenges" for the entire world: the transition to sustainable energy, the creation of a digital infrastructure and better management of migration.
"My fourth point is that we can only make progress if we give up that way of doing it alone," she said, continuing to talk about Brexit. She said she hoped for an orderly Brexit, saying it was in Britain's hands to decide which Brexit wanted it when it left the EU on 29 March.