Angela Merkel has begun her trip to Poland amid a dip in relations between the two neighbors. Warsaw has been at odds with Europe over migration, as well as the rule of law in the country, after controversial judicial reforms.
European Union leaders fear Angela Merkel's weakened power could be a liability for the bloc. When it comes to political heavyweights in Europe, the German chancellor has long been top of the list.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel didn't offer any new ideas during her long-awaited keynote speech at the European Parliament. The signal she sent was loud and clear, says DW's Bernd Riegert: Wait for my successor.
Many EU member states did not agree with her refugee policies; others criticized her austerity stance. Brussels now regards Angela Merkel's step-by-step withdrawal as a chance for new beginnings, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
The European Council head has criticized the Law and Justice party-led government for repeatedly clashing with the EU. Donald Tusk also warned against the emergence of a nationalist front in the 2019 EU elections.
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