These are Angela Merkel's last days as Chancellor and she remains true to her style to the end.
She reacts dryly to an emotional farewell to a colleague.
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Zoé von Finck is a political lecturer, podcaster and deputy head of department in the Federal Chancellery.
As such, she worked closely with Angela Merkel at times.
On Thursday, she took an emotional farewell to the Chancellor - and was even happy about her dry reaction.
Angela Merkel's deputy head of unit said goodbye emotionally
"You can tell by looking at me, I'm proud to have worked like Oskar for this great woman," wrote von Finck on Twitter. In addition, she shared a farewell photo with Chancellor Angela Merkel, in which both of them laugh friendly into the camera. Von Finck also tells an anecdote from that day: "When I took the farewell photo, I thanked her for reading and studying each of our documents so carefully," says the deputy head of the department at the Federal Chancellery. Merkel replied dryly: "I was always very interested in that."
You can tell by looking at me, I'm proud to have worked like Oskar for this great woman.
During the farewell photo, I thanked her for reading and studying each of our documents so carefully.
Her dry answer: "That was always very interesting to me." Pic.twitter.com/aZZj0RTWGm
- Zoé von Finck (@Zoe_vF) November 25, 2021
Dry pragmatism: Merkel remains true to her style
According to Forbes magazine, the Chancellor is the “most powerful woman in the world” and is considered sober, objective, but also humorous and quick-witted. In her 16-year tenure she was not without controversy, but remained true to her style of “dry pragmatism” to the end. She often received criticism for this, but also encouragement. Former US President Barack Obama, for example, praised the Chancellor for her “relentless moral compass” and praised the many years of good cooperation. In a detailed farewell interview, she also adopted a more thoughtful tone and admitted mistakes.
The "Zapfenstreich" is to take place on December 2nd, during which the Federal Chancellor will be adopted by the Federal Armed Forces.
The Chancellor traditionally decided on her own choice of music for the occasion.
Angela Merkel chose a song by punk rocker Nina Hagen, among other things.