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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