The Chancellor will be in office for 15 years on Sunday. Financial crisis, euro crisis, refugee crisis, now Corona – she has gained a lot of experience in dealing with difficult world situations during this time. For this she received a lot of praise on the anniversary, but there were also some tips.
Angela Merkel has been Chancellor for 15 years to the day, so there were congratulations, memories and a few tips on Sunday.
The French newspaper “Le Parisien” took the anniversary as an opportunity to interview politicians with whom Merkel had consulted and negotiated in the course of her career. “She is by far the greatest political figure in Europe,” the newspaper quoted the former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who is still happy to receive the Chancellor’s greetings. Merkel is “a woman who knows how to be strong, but never tough.”
Sometimes annoying, sometimes slow – but also a “solid rock”
Merkel is very factual, an example of “German quality”, recalled Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was France’s Prime Minister from 2012 to 2014. And added: “It can also be annoying because it is sometimes very slow, not super funky.” Other French politicians also described the German Chancellor as someone who takes time to make important decisions.
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“Angela Merkel is a solid rock and a role model for women worldwide,” wrote the Women’s Union on Twitter. The President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, congratulated on Twitter and wrote: “Chancellor Merkel has taken decisive steps to make Europe stronger in times of challenges and is now one of the most respected leaders in the world.”
AfD: “Persevere people, only one more year!”
Long-time CDU chairwoman Merkel announced in October 2018 that she no longer wanted to stand for the 2021 federal election. Former Saarland Prime Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer was elected as her successor at the head of the party in December 2018.
Above all from the AfD, at whose party congresses “Merkel must go!” Is often called, negative comments came about the anniversary. “Hold on people, just one more year!” Wrote AfD member of the Bundestag Joana Cotar on Twitter, with a view to the next general election.