She made herself extremely rare after leaving politics. What the ex-chancellor thinks of Putin’s attack on Ukraine and whether she feels complicit – one could only guess. Now she has granted insight into her innermost being. Angela Merkel is quite at peace with herself.

When Angela Merkel’s end as Chancellor approached in September 2021, the “Spiegel” author Alexander Osang summarized his reporter relationship with her in an essay that mainly deals with the impossibility of getting close to the woman who was 16 years old long ruled this country. So many questions, so few answers. At least not a satisfactory one. Osang concluded his text with the following sentence, among other things: “If I had a single question for the Chancellor, I would ask her: ‘How are you?'”