Sometimes the plight of a nation is dictated by natural occurrences like the Great East Japan Earthquake, Hurricane Jova’ s recent visit to South America and Mexico, and the drought conditions in the eastern part of the Horn of Africa. On the other hand, political persuasions have in the past changed the histories of entire nations, for example, Anti-semitism in NAZI Germany, apartheid in South Africa, and the power of the Catholic faith in Luxembourg. Any given style of government can shape national character, i.e., communism in China, Buddhism in Thailand (also called the nation of yellow robes), and the Declaration of Independence which led to the American Revolutionary War. Not as often as the other three, a personality will appear on the stage of history to mold the power, government, and will of a nation: Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, President Abraham Lincoln, and Premier Mao Tse Tung.
All of the cause and effects of history can be good or bad depending upon at which point in time they are both read and studied. Most nations have some characteristics which linger no matter how much governments change.
Angela Merkel first became the Chancellor of Germany in 2005 and she is still the leader of Germany today. The first German Chancellor was Otto Bismark who once said, “Politics is the art of the possible”. Chancellor Merkel was awarded the “Presidential Medal for Freedom” when she visited the United States this year. That is interesting because for decades Germany has assisted the country of Iran with the “peaceful pursuit of nuclear weapons”. And that is interesting because Merkel applauded President George W. Bush when he invaded Iraq, and that stand on the part of Germany solidified the American German friendship.
Growing up in East Germany, Merkel very possibly did not aspire to become the Chancellor of Germany. Her father was a Lutheran Minister and her mother was a professor who taught English and Latin. Evidently, her father got along with the communist government quite well because the family traveled between east an d west Germany often and they were a two car family. Angela was spotted early in life as a gifted student in the subjects of math, science, and language. She completed a doctorate in physics in 1978; she also divorced the physics student whom she had married while they were in school. She worked for the German Academy of Sciences as a quantum chemist before German reunification.
In 1989 the wall between East and West Germany came down, and Angela Merkel got a job as a government spokesperson. Three years later she was a member of the Kohl cabinet. First she was a Minister of Women and Youth in Chancellor Kohl’s 3rd cabinet. Then she became the Minister of Environmental and Nuclear Safety. Yes, her resume led to the closing of 7 nuclear plants this past spring after the nuclear disaster in Japan. She broke her alliance with Helmut Kohl when he got caught in Germany’s slush fund scandal. He attacked her on the front pages of German newspapers which many observers feel increased her popularity and helped her get over her reputation for dowdiness. She also took the advice of German fashion designers that she should wear brighter colors.
Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany. She is the first chancellor of Germany from the communist bloc. According to the online magazine for the BBC “she is pragmatic, not histrionic”. She is the first person to chair the G8 since Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
As chancellor Merkel has seen to the fact that more women hold senior government posts. She has raised payments to new parents. And it is said that she hopes to make the euro “a bigger player in global finances as the U.S. market wanes”.
With a 3.3 trillion GDP Germany now has Europe’s largest economy ever.
Experts say that German’s once associated nuclear energy with capitalism. They now associate that “dirty energy” with militarism. Germany did not fight in the war against Muammar Gaddafi, Germany gave money to the Jirbil government to help the Libyan people near to the end of the NATO-rebels/Libyan conflict.
Angela Dorthea Merkel is married to a quantum chemistry professor who everyone says stays out of the media spotlight.