Tuesday, 30 November, 2021

Merkel gets standing ovation in final EU summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday received a standing ovation from EU counterparts at her final European summit after 16 years as the bloc's most influential leader.

"You are a monument," the convener of the summits, European Council chief Charles Michel, said in the closed-door homage to her, according to an official in the room.

An EU summit "without Angela is like Rome without the Vatican or Paris without the Eiffel tower," Michel said.