German elections: Angela Merkel’s true superpower was pragmatism.


In more than 20 years traveling as a Monitor correspondent, I have come to one conclusion: Every place on Earth has a lesson to share. 

Whether it’s the Amazon basin or the back alleys of Delhi, everywhere has taught me something. In the kaleidoscope of humanity are answers to so many of our questions, if only we have the humility and curiosity to look.

Reading this week’s Monitor, I’m reminded of one of the more emphatic lessons I have learned during this time: Problem-solving is often only as hard as you choose to make it. Germany taught me that lesson. And as evidence, I appeal to Lenora Chu’s cover story about German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is stepping down after 15 years in power. 



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