Speaking on a radio program on Sunday, Farage endorsed Merkel in her ongoing bid for re-election against her center-left rival Martin Schulz.
“My feeling is she is a pragmatist, and probably the most positive leader in the European Union towards finding a sensible solution,” Farage said of Merkel.
“She has been solid dependable and reliable. There is an economic logic to her,” he added. “If there is any hope in saving Brexit talks, it lies with her.”
Farage even advised the German chancellor to “listen to the voice of German business, think of German jobs” and challenge EU leaders.
In fact, ever since June last year, when more than half of British voters opted to end the UK’s membership in the EU, Merkel has warned London on several occasions that leaving the bloc would be costly.
In April, she said the UK would be downgraded to a “third country status” after Brexit and British politicians should not be under the “illusion” that they can retain their EU rights and privileges once they leave.
Schulz, on the other hand, is even more of a Europhile than Merkel and has called for “the hardest Brexit possible.”
The current head of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) has even suggested that the UK should hold another EU referendum.
Farage led a strong anti-EU campaign in the run-up to the referendum and stepped down from his position as UKIP chief after the vote. He has continued to openly criticize the EU as a Member of the European Parliament.