GERMANY – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, a 63-year-old German chancellor, has been in a vulnerable position for four years as a result of the immigration crisis and the four-month hiatus of forming a government.
Every stage of negotiations to form a government coalition since its inconclusive victory in last September’s legislative elections has been a tough challenge. An agreement was reached with the Social Democratic Party on Wednesday morning after a 24-hour marathon session, but now it has to wait three or four weeks before the deal is approved by the party’s activists.
Since autumn things have not gone as the chancellor craves. Beginning with the disappointing performance of its conservative party, which scored the worst result since 1949, especially after the breakthrough of the far right under the banner of anti-Islam and anti-Merkel.
Major German newspapers at the time spoke about the “diminishing influence” of the chancellor and her star, until the end of her mandate in 2021, in what is an unexpected woman of this veteran policy that built its success on pragmatism and continued to call for “moderation and compromise.”
The transformation took place in the autumn of 2015, when Merkel decided to open the door to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and promised to shelter them and protect them, saying “we will succeed in that.”
Until that moment, Merkel did not have a doctorate in chemistry, which still bears the name of her first husband, risking politics, on the contrary gives an impression of caution and coolness to a certain extent, they are simple and love potatoes, opera and nature walks.
– Nazism or Mother Teresa –
Merkel justified her historic decision on immigrants, which she had taken without any real consultation with her European partners to the “Christian values” she inherited from her father, the ascetic priest who moved to live in East Germany voluntarily with his family to preach in this communist country and the atheist. Merkel grew up and learned to adapt to the system but without affecting her faith.
At the end of 2015, Merkel is shown to be influenced by the images she takes with immigrants who seem grateful. After being described as a Nazi at the height of the Greek debt crisis, Merkel turned to Mother Teresa or “Mama Merkel” to immigrants.
A year later, after the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Merkel became the “leader of the free world”. But the immigration crisis has raised concern, and there is a sense of fear for Muslims and attacks, and a section of its conservative constituency has turned to the far-right Alternative Germany.
In September 2017, the party entered for the first time in history to parliament after it was taboo after World War II.
Merkel was cold when it turned out she had not offered condolences to families of victims of a truck bombing in late 2016 in Berlin. The bomber was an asylum seeker who said he had acted on behalf of the Islamic state.
In Europe, Merkel’s immigration policy has been negatively reflected, and her coalition partners have refused to “share the burdens” of migrants just as they have refused to “share the debt burden”.
– a misplaced political figure –
But Merkel is not a tool and has often managed to rise despite speculation. Merkel remains a disgruntled political figure who is deplored by all senior officials in contemporary Germany, including former Chancellor Helmut Kohl, whom she called “the girl.”
In 2000, she took advantage of a financial scandal within her party to bypass Cole, then ousted her male foes one after the other. They underestimated the strength of that woman, who was hesitant in her beginnings and did not pay any attention to her appearance.
On September 18, 2005, he won an election victory against Socialist Social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder, who did not believe it and told television in the evening that “the real loser is Merkel.”
But ironically, Merkel has benefited greatly from the economic reforms launched by her predecessor, while she has been criticized for not taking any initiative since then to prepare for the future.
Its rivals say its only long-term decision to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster in 2011 was to please the public.
The newspaper said last week that Merkel’s last term lacked a “central orientation” on the future and called on political leaders, including the chancellor, to work together or make room for other leaders.