By Clifford W Mills
Born in West Germany yet raised in East Germany, Angela Merkel has recognized either repression and freedom. With the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Merkel begun her meteoric upward thrust to turn into Germany's first woman chancellor and one of many world's strongest ladies. A scientist by means of education, Merkel possesses analytical abilities seldom noticeable in a global chief, and he or she confronts not just German difficulties yet ecu and international matters with international relations and tact. stronger by means of a chronology, bibliography, and recommendations for additional interpreting, this new full-color biography is the inspiring account of an exciting chief who is a tireless strength for development.
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The lowest economic growth of all 25 member states of the European Union, debts as high as never before in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, people fearing for their pensions, a dramatic increase of poverty in our country, the feeling of two-class health care, but above all the depressing number of 5 million registered unemployed. 63 64 ANGELA MERKEL German chancellor Gerhard Schröder (above), who held the office from 1998-2004, lost favor among German citizens due to his reform program, which included cuts to welfare and other programs.
Many historians point out that with Kasner’s help, the Evangelical Church became more tolerated by the East German government. Several church leaders were granted acceptance of public services of worship, permits to build new churches, and given some favors. Some pastors in the Weissenseer Working Group (as it was also called) were more likely to have cars, a rarity in a socialist state for church leaders at the time. They 29 30 ANGELA MERKEL were also allowed to travel under special circumstances, and some became important in organizing prisoner exchanges with West Germany.
Many thought she was presiding over a dead body. Reports of its death proved to be premature. When Kohl was the head of the CDU, banquets with roast duck, expensive smoked fish, and large tables full of exotic delicacies were standard. When Merkel took over, her celebratory dinner for the party elite was cold ham, potato salad, and cabbage. She knew the significance of details such as these, to show that the party was going to cut frills and manage its budgets better. The party now cut expenses by having fewer publications, renting out part of the Berlin headquarters, and eliminating personnel.