Why Merkel is Mrs Europe in Washington.
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2010 April 17
To a certain degree one can compare the present situation to that, which existed half a century ago, when the American voters decided - after the presidency of Eisenhower - to give the leadership of their country into hands, which could not really keep this leadership of the positive part of the world, and which then was kept by Charles de Gaulle, for 10 years, and today this role has more or less been taken over by Mrs Merkel. Read more:
Today, the 17th of April 2010, I read an article from which I now will quote four paragraphs:
The German chancellor has not even particularly courted him in his first year in office. When she is approached about Obama, she mostly remains vague. It would not depend on the personal chemistry, but on the interests of the two countries, she always stresses. Somehow the political Messiah still seems to be a little weird to her. Merkel loves America, but she treats its worldwide praised president coolly.
She so has advanced to the favourite European in Obama’s Washington in the foreseeable future. Granted, the competition is at present not very great with a Gordon Brown before being voted out of office, a shaken Sarkozy, an impossible Silvio Berlusconi.
Politically this does not really have to pay off. Obama is not like his predecessor Bush. He does not maintain special close friendships on the world stage, all goodwill for Merkel will probably change little there. The satisfaction with – or disappointment about – Germany depends in his White House very pragmatically on the contribution to important problems. Key words: Iran, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, finanz markets.
But that the chancellor is there generally popular, can also not really harm the transatlantic relationship.
I am interested in the relationship between Merkel and Obama for several reasons. Once I have easy access to German language reports, therefore to reports which are published in German and therefore mostly come from German speaking countries, and can read them directly without having them first translated. A second reason is that Mrs Merkel belongs to a Christian party and even is the chairperson of it and can represent the Christian points of view quite intelligently. Third she is, as can be seen from the above mentioned quotes, something like the leader in Europe and the most respected politician in that continent at the moment. And one could even extend this to the other continents, and consider her to be the most respected politician of the world, at least one of them. When I speak of a respected politician, then this is meant in a positive sense. The present American president may also belong to this circle in the eyes of the world, but according to the information as it is contained on this website, he seems to rather not belong to it, as they point to the opposite. According to the prophecies all rulers will follow the dictates of Antichrist in the times of the end and when Mrs Merkel then still is one of them, it will be interesting, at least for me, how she develops and which way her relationship to Antichrist will take. Her past indicates that she has a lot of understanding for people, who have power and misuse it, that is to mean, that she has much insight and experience with people who belong to the negative side of politicians, that she has observed them and has also recognized them, and when these negative activities were directed towards her, then she was quite able to handle them skilfully. The just mentioned reasons for my interest in Mrs Merkel therefore made the above mentioned article interesting to me and it also let me think back to an entry here on this website of 21st of January 2009: German chancellor Angela Merkel sees many opportunities with Barack Obama's assumption of office and France's president Nicolas Sarkozy even said he wants to "change the world" with Obama.
She seems, in contrast to the Frenchman, to mostly remain vague when she is approached about the American president, and she does not court him; she treats him, “the worldwide praised president,” cautiously. To a certain degree one can compare the present situation to that, which existed half a century ago, when the American voters decided - after the presidency of Eisenhower - to give the leadership of their country into hands, which could not really keep this leadership of the positive part of the world, and which then was kept by Charles de Gaulle, for 10 Years, and today this role has more or less been taken over by Mrs Merkel.
Should Mrs Merkel not change course to future – negative – politics of the American president, then she will probably simply lose the support of German voters.
So it will be interesting to see how things are going.
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