Angela Merkel (Modern World Leaders) by Clifford W Mills

By Clifford W Mills

Born in West Germany yet raised in East Germany, Angela Merkel has recognized either repression and freedom. With the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Merkel begun her meteoric upward push to develop into Germany's first lady chancellor and one of many world's strongest ladies. A scientist by means of education, Merkel possesses analytical abilities seldom visible in an international chief, and he or she confronts not just German difficulties yet ecu and global matters with international relations and tact. superior via a chronology, bibliography, and proposals for additional interpreting, this new full-color biography is the inspiring account of an interesting chief who is a tireless strength for growth.

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As a shield, it protected the party from criticism. As a sword, it punished people the party did not like or agree with. The Stasi was founded on February 8, 1950, and was modeled on the Soviet Union’s KGB. Its methods have become notorious. Suspected subversives were brought into a room where the seats were covered with cotton. Because of the temperature of the room or stressful questioning, the victim was 31 32 ANGELA MERKEL made to sweat, and the cotton absorbed the perspiration. The fabric was then kept in a vault in a marked glass container for specially trained dogs to sniff if the suspect needed to be found later.

Her intelligence and problem-solving skills were obvious, and she handled the media well, answering questions clearly and forcefully. She overcame her natural shyness 41 42 ANGELA MERKEL quickly. She found a new confidence in her abilities. She had become empowered. The DA did what many German political parties do: it went in search of other parties to form an alliance. Unlike American political parties that fight to keep their name recognition and remain independent, German politics forces coalitions and alliances between parties to gain political strength.

The mandate of the new East German government headed by de Maizière, therefore, was to get rid of itself. It had to reunite with West Germany. Rarely in world history has a government been elected to destroy itself. As one commentator at the time said, Poland would remain Poland if communism there fell, but without communism there was no reason for East Germany to exist. Under Prime Minister de Maizière, East Germany negotiated POLITICAL AWAKENING Months after the fall of the Berlin wall, allowing travel between East and West Germany, the two nations united as one.

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