Jacco Pekelder on Angela Merkel’s political legacy
Together with journalist and Merkel biographer Wierd Duk and MEP Esther de Lange, Pekelder talked about Merkel’s resignation. Pekelder rates Merkel’s party leadership with a “good eight out of ten”. He praises her good goals, especially regarding climate. With ‘Die Energiewende’, in which Germany substituted nuclear energy with renewable energy sources, she has granted an enormous boost to the Germany industry.
Relationship with the Netherlands
According to Pekelder, the mutual relationship between Germany and the Netherlands is also noteworthy. Merkel saw Mark Rutte, and therefore the Netherlands, as a solid partner. Within the European Union, the Netherlands could often expect German support. “Merkel was a stable factor and a great states woman you could count on,” Pekelder added.
Jacco Pekelder is a historion and is also connected to Institutions for Open Societies, an interdisciplinary research group focused on the development and growth of open societies around the world.