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Chancellor Angela Merkel's Legacy In Germany After 16 Years Of Leadership

German chancellor Angela Merkel smiles behind German flags at the party headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (Michael Sohn/AP)
German chancellor Angela Merkel smiles behind German flags at the party headquarters in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (Michael Sohn/AP)

Germany will soon have a leader not named Angela Merkel for the first time in 16 years.

Germans vote Sunday for a new parliament and government, and the longtime chancellor plans to step down when a new government is formed.

Merkel has been a fixture in European politics. She’s presided over a Germany with increasing influence on the continent. So what legacy does she leave?

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong speaks with Loveday Morris, Berlin bureau chief for our partners at The Washington Post.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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