Unmasking Clues to Angela Merkel’s Methods – NYTimes.com

What makes Merkel face conflict as “a mathematical challenge” and demonstrate an ability to channel the “non-reply” for political survival.  A profile of one of Europe’s most important political leaders:

Her critics dismiss Ms. Merkel as overly pragmatic rather than visionary, ever mindful of her need to keep German voters on her side as she enters an election year. But if she seems opaque even to her allies, hints of her approach to Europe’s economic crisis are sprinkled in a life that includes firsthand experience of how a failure of vision can undo a nation. They are also seen in her embrace of the values of thrift instilled in her small-town upbringing with her father, a Lutheran pastor, and her training as a physicist.

With a scientist’s mind, Ms. Merkel is keenly conscious that Europe is aging and will not stay competitive — and thus credible — unless it overcomes its financial and monetary disorder. In her evolving view, the solution is what she calls “more Europe” — a catchphrase that masks a deep lack of agreement among the Continent’s bickering nations on what their common future could be.

via Unmasking Clues to Angela Merkel’s Methods – NYTimes.com.


3 thoughts on “Unmasking Clues to Angela Merkel’s Methods – NYTimes.com”

  1. Forbes has rated Angela Merkel as the most powerful woman in the world for the second year in a row and has designated her the “Iron Lady” of Europe. (http://www.forbes.com/profile/angela-merkel/)

    It seems like even the Germans are having a difficult time deciding whether they really like her or not, but it seems that her solid pragmatism is playing a crucial role in the preservation of the EU. Maybe it has drawn out the economic crisis, as some have suggested, but it seems to me that she has also been a consistent force for maintaining reason in a time that is very chaotic. If Europe fails, I don’t believe that she will be the only force to blame. But if it succeeds, I think the world will be very grateful to this woman for being so precise and for taking so many carefully-selected steps.

  2. I think that the thing that fascinates me the most about Angela Merkel is her background. Not only was she a citizen raised in East Germany, but she also majored in physics and had a strong science back ground. Despite my slight admiration of this great woman and her preservation to reach the top, I wonder how long her reign will last. When looking at Angela Merkel under the New York Time’s Topicshttp://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/m/angela_merkel/index.html
    it mentions that there has been growing unrest within her nation, and with recent scandals within her party, and disapproval for the bailouts given to Greece, Portugal, and Ireland, I wonder how much she will be able to accomplish if Germany turns against her.

  3. Wow! What an amazing woman. I think that it is amazing that she can look at a situation that others have given up on and she is determined to turn it around. She won’t make it perfect, but she will make it better. This reminds my of the Harlem project and one man’s determination to make the world, if only a little slice of it, a better place. Cool.


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