“Like Paris without the Eiffel Tower” .. Europe bids farewell to Merkel in its last summit | DW Arabic news | Breaking news and perspectives from around the world | DW

“Like Paris without the Eiffel Tower” .. Europe bids farewell to Merkel in its last summit | DW Arabic news | Breaking news and perspectives from around the world | DW
“Like Paris without the Eiffel Tower” .. Europe bids farewell to Merkel in its last summit | DW Arabic news | Breaking news and perspectives from around the world | DW

European leaders applauded and praised German Chancellor Angela in Brussels on Friday (October 22, 2021) at her th EU summit.107 And the last after 16 years in power.

“I hope you do not resent this celebration on the occasion of your last summit,” European Council President Charles Michel told Merkel, adding that a meeting of EU countries “without Anguilla is like Rome without the Vatican or Paris without the Eiffel Tower.” Michel said that Merkel’s “extreme sobriety and simplicity” were “a very powerful weapon of seduction”, adding, “You are a point of light for our European project.”

Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg described the German chancellor as a “great European”, while Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Patel said Merkel was a “settlement machine”, referring to her role in settling many disputes.

The second day of talks in Brussels was devoted to digital policy and migration. But Merkel’s final summit – which depends on the outcome of the ongoing German coalition negotiations – looked relatively unremarkable. A dinner late on Thursday did not result in a breakthrough on energy prices or a rule of law dispute with Poland.

Merkel is known for being a skilled dealmaker, with the ability to get the approval of all the member states27 And take important decisions despite the fierce differences. Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said Merkel was a “fantastic politician” who intervened at “the decisive moments and helped us find a solution,” citing last year’s tough negotiations on the EU’s long-term budget and the joint post-pandemic recovery fund as an example of Merkel’s approach.
Despite the praises, other leaders have at times sharply criticized Merkel. Hungary and Poland criticized Merkel for her relatively liberal stance during the 2015 refugee crisis, and her name is closely associated with the unpopular austerity policies of the debt crisis era in Greece and Italy.
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  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    “Cole Schoolgirl”

    Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl used to call Angela Merkel a “schoolgirl”. Merkel didn’t come out of his mantle until much later in 2001, when the CDU was in opposition, and Merkel was the party’s leader, but her big chance didn’t come until 2005.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    falter start

    By a narrow margin, the CDU and the Christian Social Union (CSU) defeated Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s SPD in the 2005 elections. The CDU, led by the candidate for chancellor, Angela Merkel, scored its worst result since 1949. These conditions did not look good in The beginning of the career of any new chancellor, but Merkel quickly established herself among senior politicians.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    The first female chancellor in German history

    Ultimately, the Christian Union coalition agreed with the Social Democratic Party to form a grand coalition. Schroeder congratulated the new chancellor, Angela Merkel, who was elected on November 22, 2005 by the German parliament as the first female chancellor in German history, the youngest politician, the first from the former East Germany, and the first female physicist in this position.

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    domination of the political scene

    Merkel managed to quickly dominate the political scene. At the G8 summit in 2007, she welcomed heads of state and government of the seven most important industrialized nations and Russia to the Baltic resort of Heiligendamm, and teased then-US President George W. Bush (left) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Geopolitically speaking, the world of politics in this period was much better than it is today.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    The game of colors and politics

    The chancellor’s appearance and outfits are also striking, as she always wears jackets of certain colors, and the color of the pants she wears usually remains dark, and only the color of the jacket changes. Because of this color change, experts believe they can tell the counselor’s mood or the message she’s trying to convey.

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    Most popular within the European Union

    At the start of the financial crisis, Merkel’s popularity skyrocketed and she became the undisputed number one in the European Union. Here in the fall of 2008, Merkel appears with a gentle smile in front of two machos on the European stage, then-French President Nicolas Sarkozy (in the foreground) and then-Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    Dealing with the financial crisis

    When the debts of many European countries increased, and the single currency became in danger, Merkel agreed to extensive aid, but in return she demanded austerity measures in the countries concerned, which sparked resentment against Merkel there that brought back bitter memories, especially in Greece, where Greek newspapers compared her treatment to the occupation. Nazis during World War II.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    People’s Tribune

    She is an able speaker, her showmanship does not concern her much, she often seems solid and resolute in her politics, but her sober, realistic and modest style appeals to many, otherwise she would not have been able to manage things in her country for all these years.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    “Mama Merkel”

    At one point she was dubbed “Mama Merkel”. Of course, the mother is not intended, but rather the mother of the nation. It is a kind of irony or love, and it is an old tradition. This description is no longer used by youngsters today. Mother gives attention and care, what dispels fear. The downside to this description is that kids are always kids and not everyone likes that.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    “We can do that”

    Angela Merkel is best known for her famous “we can do it” line, which she uttered during the refugee wave, when she kept borders open to refugees and migrants in 2015 and 2016. Therefore, some considered her a saint, but others strongly criticized her. The division in the assessment of its policy towards refugees persists today.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    ‘Person of the Year’ 2015

    In 2015, Time magazine named Merkel “Person of the Year” and even “Chancellor of the Free World”, due to her ability to manage difficult situations, from her handling of the global financial crisis to the refugee crisis.

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    inspiring women

    Merkel is the first woman in the chancellery, but she did not make this a major political issue for her, but thanks to her support some of the women have had prominent careers in the German government. Among the most prominent prominent female names in the current political scene are: Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU President and Minister of Defense), Ursula von der Leyen (President of the European Commission), and Julia Klöckner (Minister of Agriculture).

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    national interest

    Merkel is conservative and does not express her political or personal views on heads of state and government, and often expresses very vague views. It is keen in its dealings with the requirements of the national interest.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    Arrogance is not one of her characteristics

    Learn how much a liter of milk costs! Even after years of becoming chancellor, that changed nothing of Angela Merkel. Here in 2014, she visited a shop in Berlin with her guest, Chinese official Li Keqiang. But she was also seen shopping alone, as a housewife.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    The secret of the movement of the fist

    Merkel is famous for her clenched fist movement, and no one knows what that movement hides. She herself says that the movement helps her keep her upper body straight and there is no other message behind her. However, the CDU used the hand motion on this huge poster during the 2013 German election campaign to express confidence and calm.

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    Merkel’s private life

    Little is known about Merkel’s private life. It doesn’t reveal much about it, and people probably don’t care. We know, for example, that Merkel and her husband Joachim Sauer, also a physicist (pictured) spend each year the Easter holiday on the Italian island of Ischia, but this year this was not possible due to the pandemic.

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    Corona crisis management

    The pandemic has changed a lot in Germany, not just the chancellor’s holiday rituals. Merkel’s earnest and objective policy has long been criticized, but her handling of the pandemic has also set new records in her popularity.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    Her party’s support declined

    In the last year of Merkel’s term, her Christian alliance suffered from a series of scandals, but the most affecting its image was the masks scandal after it was revealed that officials from the two Christian parties received huge money from companies in order for the latter to win deals announced by the government about the supply of masks.

  • The end of Chancellor Merkel’s era – 16 years at the helm

    Merkel doll

    Important shifts in the German political scene were revealed by the results of the recent parliamentary elections, with her party coming second to the Social Democratic Party, and before her departure, the Germans bought this doll, which reminds of the hand movement that she was famous for.

    Author: Alaa Gomaa

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