After sixteen years at the helm, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is leaving office. While political observers often predicted her demise, at the end of her fourth term Merkel is at the height of her popularity. Using the Leadership Capital Index, Femke van Esch explains why
Professor of European Governance and Leadership of the European Union, Utrecht University School of Governance
Femke has expertise in leadership, European (economic and monetary) integration, and the method of comparative cognitive mapping (CCM).
She studies the European response to European crises and the legitimacy of EU leadership, focusing in particular on the role of leaders' beliefs, national culture and the political-psychological dimension of legitimacy.
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