Angela Merkel talks to then US president Donald Trump, surrounded by other G7 leaders, during a summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018. The photo went viral on social media, spawning a plethora of memes. Photo: AFP/Bundesregierung Angela Merkel talks to then US president Donald Trump, surrounded by other G7 leaders, during a summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018. The photo went viral on social media, spawning a plethora of memes. Photo: AFP/Bundesregierung
Angela Merkel talks to then US president Donald Trump, surrounded by other G7 leaders, during a summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018. The photo went viral on social media, spawning a plethora of memes. Photo: AFP/Bundesregierung
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

Angela Merkel: in praise of Germany’s no-nonsense leader

  • Germany’s first woman chancellor is expected to step down this year after 16 years at the helm. She will be remembered for projecting humility, balance, stability and simple common sense at a time when the West seemed adrift

Angela Merkel talks to then US president Donald Trump, surrounded by other G7 leaders, during a summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018. The photo went viral on social media, spawning a plethora of memes. Photo: AFP/Bundesregierung Angela Merkel talks to then US president Donald Trump, surrounded by other G7 leaders, during a summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018. The photo went viral on social media, spawning a plethora of memes. Photo: AFP/Bundesregierung
Angela Merkel talks to then US president Donald Trump, surrounded by other G7 leaders, during a summit in La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada, on June 9, 2018. The photo went viral on social media, spawning a plethora of memes. Photo: AFP/Bundesregierung
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Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng

Andrew Sheng is a former central banker and financial regulator, currently distinguished fellow at the Asia Global Institute, University of Hong Kong. He writes widely on Asian perspectives on global issues, with columns in Project Syndicate, Asia News Network and Caijing/Caixin magazines. His latest book is “Shadow Banking in China”, co-authored with Ng Chow Soon, published by Wiley.