Tag: Angela Merkel

Angela is on the way

Sunday, 22 September, 2013 0 Comments

Early in her political career, Angela Merkel was underestimated as a potential opponent by her rivals. Given her rather frumpy look, she must lack ambition, they reasoned. But as history shows, Merkel has been well served by appearing staid. She’s the Chancellor, after all, and every one of those well-dressed opponents has been put out […]

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Angie wins the great debate by a neck

Monday, 2 September, 2013 0 Comments

The sole TV debate between the two top candidates in Germany’s upcoming general election, Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück, was won by a necklace. The fact that it was worn by Chancellor Merkel and that it incorporated Germany’s national colours speaks volumes about her cunning. This was understated national pride stylishly displayed and it made her un-telegenic opponent look even drabber than usual. In his desperation to win votes from the squeezed middle, which he plans to strangle further with tax hikes, Steinbrück even discarded the emblematic red tie that Germany’s pseudo-socialist leaders wear with stupefying conformity. He could have countered the necklace with a discreet lapel pin that showed his true colours, but his imagination didn’t stretch that far. Steinbrück is toast and Angie’s necklace now has its own Twitter account.

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The EU Fab Four sings the blues

Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

Walter Russell Mead: “The ‘Fab Four’ (Spain’s Mariano Rajoy, France’s Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and Italy’s Mario Monti) reaffirmed a pre-existing agreement to make some mostly symbolic adjustments to European policy, whomping up an air souffle that the Club Med countries plus France can claim is a “growth” package, but it is mostly made […]

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President’s Day

Monday, 20 February, 2012

It’s today. By the way, Germany will soon have a new one. Interestingly, with Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck at the helm, two East Germans will now be running Germany. That aside, today is George Washington’s Birthday and a United States federal holiday as well. Washington was, no doubt, a great president, but […]

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