Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Angela Merkel

I have a confession to make, I am a big fan of Angela Merkel. This is for various reasons: She is from East Germany, she is also from the region in which my grandparents live, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, she is a scientist, and she talks (conservative) sense.

People often make fun of her for being clumsy or not having enough willpower to see things through, but she uses power in a much more subtle way.

She started her career under Helmut Kohl in the early 1990s.

She currently heads the grand coalition of conservatives (CDU) and social democrats (SPD). A SPD friend of mine said that she stays mainly calm on inner political issues, while presenting herself to political leaders. This has lead to her recognition by many male world leaders.

She is presiding over a small economic boom which is mainly based in the economic reforms of the former government. But it also seems that people have more confidence in themselves and their country under Merkel. A poll shows that she is the most highly rated politician of all (in the graph ahead of the foreign and finance minister), not always the case for a chancellor or prime minister.

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