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'She did what's best for Germany' - George W. Bush on Angela Merkel's legacy | DW Interview

DW, 14 Jul 2021
Former U.S. President George W. Bush sat down for an interview with DW Washington Bureau Chief Ines Pohl ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel's farewell visit to the White House on Thursday, July 15.

The interview at the Bush family's summer home in Maine was conducted as part of the DW documentary "Angela Merkel – Navigating a World in Crisis." Germany's international broadcaster DW will broadcast the film in September, shortly before the federal elections which will determine Merkel's succession.

On the withdrawal of NATO troops in Afghanistan, Bush said: "Afghan women and girls are going to suffer unspeakable harm. This is a mistake. (…) They're just going to be left behind to be slaughtered by these very brutal people, and it breaks my heart." He said he suspected that Angela Merkel "feels the same way."

Bush offered a warning about Germany’s reliance on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which would supply Germany with natural gas from Russia. "The more that a nation that is not an open democracy has an economic stranglehold on a democracy, [the more it] puts people in a very difficult strategic position," the President said.

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