“Other EU leaders might step up and aim to take the space that Germany will likely leave empty.”
Olaf Scholz’s election campaign has centred on domestic policies within Germany.
He has shown less interest in EU politics so it seems he isn’t keen to step into Ms Merkel’s role and to lead the EU.
If this happens the EU’s relationship with US President Joe Biden could be left in tatters.
Ms Merkel is seen as the force that unites the EU and as the person who builds bridges with foreign powers such as the US.