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  • Title
    Chancellor
  • Affiliation
    Germany

Hardly a lame duck, Germany’s outgoing chancellor has won global praise for her calm, immediate, and effective response to the pandemic. Merkel, a trained scientist, imposed strict social distancing measures and modeled them herself, self-quarantining after her doctor tested positive for COVID-19. Those policies and Germany’s early, widespread testing have helped keep its death toll far lower than that of many of its European neighbors.