Germany takes over the rotating presidency of the EU, for the last time under Chancellor Angela Merkel. The bloc is facing immense challenges: A global pandemic and resultant recession.
The EU will have to contend with a debilitating pandemic that's also severely harming the world's economic health, all while trying to rekindle excitement for the shared European project. If all goes to schedule, - which is never guaranteed - Brexit, the exit of the EU's third-largest member and the economy will be finalized on Germany's watch.
Merkel is often seen in Germany as being in her political element when in a crisis. If that's the case, 2020 did not disappoint for her last stint helping to steer the European ship.
“I am using the term “box tickers” to refer to employees who exist only or primarily to allow an organization to be able to claim it is doing something that, in fact, it is not doing.”
― David Graeber, Bullshit Jobs: A Theory