This is What National Leadership Looks Like: Angela Merkel

Diane Ravitch's blog

Angela Merkel’s political star appeared to be on the decline until the pandemic erupted across the world.

Suddenly Germany had exactly the leader it needed. An experienced public figure with a scientific background and a calm demeanor.

The Atlantic has the story here.

BERLIN—Today, we face the global outbreak of a disease that has the potential to catalyze what the historian Eva Schlotheuber terms a “pandemic of the mind.” As misinformation proliferates and lines between fact and fiction are routinely and nonchalantly crossed, world leaders must, now more than ever, illuminate a thoughtful path forward, one reliant on science and evidence-based reasoning. Indeed, many have. One leader goes further still. Trusted by her people to navigate this outbreak’s murky waters, without inciting or succumbing to a pandemic of the mind, one politician is less a commander in chief and more a scientist in chief: Angela Merkel.

For weeks now, Germany’s…

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