Angela Merkel's Silent Power
Having won the General Election, Chancellor Merkel comes to speak to her loyal CDU/CSU supporters. But she doesn't look victorious. She looks tired, drained and wiped out. She is entering a Germany far different from when she came into power in 2005. Can she keep her power in a ever-changing Europe?
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Born in Hamberg , Angela Dorethea Kasner was a simple woman. A clergy-man's daughter her family moved to communist East Germany due to there religious views. She studied Physics at the University of Leipzig and became a research chemist.
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Merkel became involved in the Democratic Awakening movement which later joined with the CDU. She stood for election in 1990 and has won in her constituency ever since. After the collapse of the Kohl government and the Schäuble opposition Merkel became the head of the CDU, and then there nominee for the federal elections. She beat Chancellor Schroder's SPD party in 2005 but then had to form a grand coalition with them to get her majority in the Bundestag.
Merkel has overseen the Eurozone crises and now is facing tough criticism for her role in the Migrant Crisis. This has now led to the Alternativ Fur Deutschland (AfD) party to become the first far-right party to enter the Bundestag since Hitler's Nazi's. She is now facing the problems of Brexit and is now seen as the de facto leader of Europe. So how has she kept her grip on power and will she be able to keep it in the future?
She has completely changed the face of Germany and she has been the architect of this new German superpower. Not one with tyranny and hate at its heart. But one where democracy and strong values is it's core beliefs. She has been seen as very un-german; as she can constantly change her views and beliefs to fit the people's mood. One German cartoonist newspaper draws her as an amoeba, changing her political shape, swallowing up the ideas first presented by opposition parties. She’ll never stick to an ideology just for the sake of it, which is very un-German.” said Heiko Sakurai, a cartoonist. But isn't that what we need. A leader that can adapt there views depending on the public mood, a leader that doesn't stick to 'strong and stable' mantra a leader that know what the public wants.
She also is seen as the stable face of the West. After Brexit, Trump and the alt-right movement she is the face of calm. The populist movement is literally at her door-step. She has been constantly battered by Putin, Sarkozy and Berlusconi; can she remain as the strong face of Europe? Is it now time for her to move aside and let Macron and his style of liberalists take over? Is the time for Merkel's conservative government and Christian views over?
Well we can't say for sure but what is sure is that Angela Merkel has a mandate now to lead Germany through the next four years and continue to be a key figure in the Brexit transitions; she will be a deciding factor in the future of the West.