Merkel offered UN job – media — Analysis

UN chief Antonio Guterres offered a job to Germany’s ex-chancellor, Angela Merkel, a report says

Merkel is offered the role of top diplomat at “high-level advisory body on global public goods,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported on Wednesday, citing sources inside UN circles.

The report did not specify the scope of the advisory board’s work, but said international boards such as these deal with global issues like the ozone layer, aviation safety, and world trade.

According to the news agency, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres sent a letter personally to Merkel offering the job. The chances of the former chancellor accepting the job are however slim. “considered rather low,”dpa stated that a response from Merkel had not been received by them yet.

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The UN declined to comment. Merkel, who had been in office for 16 years, resigned as chancellor last month. She was Germany’s second-longest serving chancellor, as well as one of the longest-serving leaders in the EU. 

Merkel did not comment publicly about the reported offer. Merkel was suggested by foreign media and Germans during a 2016 campaign for a UN Secretary General.

PassBlue, a news media that covers the UN, quoted Merkel’s spokesperson in February 2021 as saying she was not interested in replacing Guterres as UN chief. 

Many former heads of state or veteran politicians hold high-ranking UN positions. Guterres himself served as prime minister of Portugal, while Michelle Bachelet, who was elected twice as president of Chile, is the global body’s chief human rights envoy.

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