Angela Merkel has been Chancellor for 15 years. French ex-top politicians pay homage to her – but also note: Merkel is not necessarily “super funky”.
Berlin / Paris – Exactly to the day Angela Merkel has been Chancellor for 15 years – There were congratulations, memories and a few tips on Sunday. The French newspaper Le Parisien took the anniversary as an opportunity to interview politicians with whom Merkel had consulted and negotiated in the course of her career.
“She is by far the greatest political figure in Europe,” the newspaper quoted as saying former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who is still happy to receive birthday greetings from the Chancellor. Merkel is “a woman who knows how to be strong, but never tough.”
Angela Merkel celebrates the anniversary of the Chancellery – France’s ex-prime minister: “German quality, but not super funky”
Merkel was very factual, an example of “German quality”, recalled Jean-Marc Ayraultwho was France’s Prime Minister from 2012 to 2014. And added: “It can also be annoying because it is sometimes very slow, not super funky.” Other French politicians also described the German Chancellor as someone who takes time to make important decisions.
“Angela Merkel is a solid rock and a role model for women worldwide,” wrote the Women’s Union on Twitter. The President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, congratulated via Twitter and wrote: “Chancellor Merkel has taken decisive steps to make Europe stronger in times of challenges and is today one of the most respected leaders in the world.”
Angela Merkel: CDU is still looking for the right solution at the top of the party – AfD is looking forward to the end of the era
The long-time CDU chairwoman Merkel announced in October 2018 that he no longer wanted to run for the 2021 federal election. Her successor at the head of the party was the former Saarland Prime Minister in December 2018 Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer elected. In the meantime, a tough battle for the successor to Kramp-Karrenbauers has been raging for around nine months. The party also congratulated Merkel on Sunday by tweet.
– CDU of Germany (@CDU) November 21, 2020
Especially from the AfD, at whose party congresses “Merkel must go!” is often called, negative comments came about on the anniversary. “Hold on people, only one more year!” Wrote the AfD member of the Bundestag Joana Cotar looking to the next Bundestag election in autumn 2021 on twitter. (dpa / fn) *Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.