Angela Merkel and the United States, Angela Merkel and NATO. A double duo with some points of contact and many dark sides. The outgoing Chancellor of Germany has not yet officially left her post, pending the conclusion of the negotiations for the formation of the new German government, but she is already being pulled by the jacket. It is not yet known whether Frau Angela wants to immediately engage in another leading role or if she wants to enjoy some healthy retirement. But in the meantime, the options for his future are wasted. Even those once considered impossible, such as the appointment as NATO secretary general, given that the mandate of Jens Stoltenberg expires in 2022.
A singular hypothesis, if we consider that Merkel has never fully clarified Berlin’s relations with Washington, nor those with NATO. Topics that Merkel, both at home and abroad, rarely addressed: defense, security and Germany’s relationship with NATO. All related to the deployment of US nuclear weapons in Germany. All linked to the role of Germany in Europe and in NATO. Issues never fully clarified, also due to the pragmatic nature of the relations developed by Merkel with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and with the China by Xi Jinping. Pragmatism that has never been much appreciated overseas. Relations with Donald Trump were at least stormy, but even Joe Biden does not welcome the German green light for the North Stream 2 gas pipeline project between Russia and Germany.
Yet now the outgoing ruler of Germany could also take on the leading role of NATO, if she wanted to. At least these are the rumors, also reported by Republic. After the missteps on Afghanistan and Aukus, Washington needs a name that will appeal to the European Union. A name that makes you feel the old traditional partners involved in American geopolitical and strategic architecture. It is difficult to find a more intermediate and unitary name than Merkel. Also because the other hypotheses risk causing even more resentment. The name of, for example, was highly rated Theresa May, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. But after the Aukus affair and the unilateral breakdown by the Australian government of the submarine agreement, it seems at least complicated that Emmanuel Macron’s France, which has been burned by the affair to say the least, can say yes. Not to mention that Brexit has created some disagreement, to put it mildly, between London and Brussels.