Merkel's Win Reveals Her Character

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By Naveed Qazi | Editor, Globe Up Front

Winning four elections back to back is not an easy task. It seems Angela Merkel has a laudable leader in her. 



The German Chancellor has been acclaimed for being pragmatic, of stronger political convictions and having a political vision. Germans at one point of time totally trusted her.

The recent election speaks of Merkel loyalty in German vote bank. Her CDU-CSU alliance called for a stronger economy and defence. Although, the SPD wanted to tackle social inequality. Die Linke wanted more social security. Greens wanted to push several agendas for green politics and pro-Europeanism. AfD spoke of ceasing migration.

Like Macron, Angela Merkel is a strong believer of the European Union. In times to come, both countries might enjoy increased co-operation, after her fourth election win. During current times, she along with her associates, have to face the music of several countries unhappy with EU integration. Greece seems to be one of them.

In reality, Germany was leading the stark austerity measures over the course of time, at the behest of other countries like France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.

Merkel has pondered a lot on the issue of the stability of European banks. In fact, the plan she followed was opposite of what Americans do. She went on to reduce the money supply instead of increasing the money supply, as a reaction drawn against Greek debt crises.

As her belief is strongly engrained in the ideas of freedom and humanity, it was a very ‘Merkelian move’ on her part when she commented on the fact that migrant crises would define the decade. But post migrant crises, her stand drew anger and cries of a ‘traitor’ and chants that called her ‘to resign’.

It gave a political mileage to her rival political parties like AfD. Getting migrants into employment is not an easy task, but she has still asked the German regions to be fair and equitable with migrant settlements.

In her political career, she has gone on to make some bold decisions. Although belonging from a centre-right political orientation and having a special place for Israel and its imbibed ‘Jewish character’ in her past, she supported the religious importance of Jerusalem for all communities but went to distance herself from the two-state solution after Netanyahu’s failed truce with the Palestinians.

Despite not being an Islamophobe of any kind, it will still be harder to believe that she will draw sympathy from the Muslim world or from regions outside Europe. Many may not agree with her political opinions and parlance but it has been good for her that she hasn’t been largely looked as a hateful and a dividing figure.

As Justin Trudeau from Canada has been seen as a weaker global leader in comparison to Angela Merkel, it seems there are many people who want her to be the leader of a rational, free and progressive world. This will line up pro-Trump, pro-Putin and other far-right forces against her.

Interestingly, she could see a fiscally tied closeness of Ukraine and Georgia with Russia. But she chose to refuse NATO status to Georgia under Mikheil Saakachvili, who was testing Russian mettle, as Russians had entered the Georgian heartland for a brief war in August 2008.

If Georgia was given a MAP (Membership Action Plan) status, it was like telling Russians that West had prepared another ally for a war posturing.

But Merkel delivered with assertive leadership and apt diplomacy. It is because a war on a small republic of Georgia could have erased 20 years of increased understanding between the West and Russia.

On the issues of globalisation, Merkel had been praised for her step-to-step solution to economic problems. She advised a chamber for structural reforms with heads of EU countries for economic supervision until the EU becomes strong enough to compete with other huge economies for the process of globalisation. She has favoured centralised economic systems (for taxes, budgets and social security systems).

After the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan, she shut down 17 nuclear reactors in her country and planned to suspend the remaining till 2022. It put her concerns for the energy reform out in the open. 



She also planned military reduction (abolishing conscription plan) with her cabinet associates, for her support for family and civil life in Germany.

In terms of her personality, she has won Forbes ‘ World Most Powerful Woman ’ eight times, a ‘TIME Person of the Year Award 2o15’ and the prestigious 'Charlemagne Prize' in 2008 for European Unity.

She recalls her first political memory of a construction site of a barricade in 1961 that stood in front of her train station near her home. When it was vacated and dismantled in 1989, she believes that it had been a changing moment in her life during the German Peaceful Revolution that in many ways unified Germany. She gives credit for the political experience she earned during her youth in East Germany.

Many individuals, knowing her political career, have commented that she stresses on the red lines and knows limits ever since she took office in 2005.


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