“Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Being against hastily drawing an opinion without the necessary facts for a good judgement, Angela Merkel as a public figure has always called my attention in her apparently accidental rise to power. She is part of that group of leaders that came about in the last 15 years not only in the European scenario but also worldwide, appearance that seemed to contribute to today’s chaos.
As I wish to centre my attention to the European continent, apparently immersed in its worst moments in its route towards a true merger of partners that once wished to be a common market, I shall only consider those who have had or continue to have power in what has been dubbed as “the Euro crisis”.
Aznar, Berlusconi, Blair, Brown, Chirac, Prodi, Rodríguez Zapatero, Schröder, Sócrates, and an endless number have held government posts in their respective countries in the framework of the Union of 27. Although some have left office, they have left the inheritance of the tower of Babel that the EU is today. Some have relocated themselves after leaving their nation’s government as in the case of Durao Barroso or Van Rompuy, now occupying post of maximum relevance in the Brussels-based power structure. Others have moved on to the private sector lured by juicy fees whilst exercising all their influence.
Nevertheless, no one has marked as much the agenda as has Angela Dorothea Kasner, daughter of an Evangelist theologian who decided to migrate precisely to the GDR in those years of the German miracle of the FRG, when the flow was precisely in the opposite direction.
Truly, what do we know about this woman that today bosses Europe around?
Aside from the fact that she was sponsored by no less than Helmut Kohl in the ‘90s and that today she is presently Germany’s chancellor with power over all the EU, most people ignore that this woman, in spite of having been born in Hamburg, grew up and was educated (the family moved when she was a few weeks of age) in the ways of the Soviet-influenced Easter Germany or that her father was so well considered within the GDR regime he availed (a real privilege for those days) of an official car for family use and for his trips (unusual for the GDR) to the other Germany, or that she was a full-pledged member of the Communist German Free Youth movement, having even been responsible of propaganda. Her true surname isn’t Merkel but Kasner, adopting the surname Merkel when she married a GDR university colleague called Ulrich Merkel. It is somewhat strange that in spite of separating from her first husband in 1982 and after having married (1998) her former professor, Joachim Sauer, she didn’t renounce to her first husband’s surname.
With such track record and being an outsider to the power echelons in Western Germany, Angela Merkel conquered Helmut Kohl’s sympathy at which time, due to circumstances related to a illegal party-financing scandal, Merkel lashed out against her mentor, causing the downfall of the then CDU leader, now her finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble.
After the criticism harvested at the end of the early December European meet and recently rounded about by the actual IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, I must ask again why European leaders (all except David Cameron) submissiveness towards the German chancellor in European and crisis issues.
Should we praise her with a round of applause and a ‘Heil Merkel!’ to reward her tenacity to get all to accept her thesis for the EU?
Or on the contrary, should we begin to question the legitimacy of that authority she wishes to impose without any guarantee of her capacity to govern in the manner that we the true democrats understand the exercise of liberty subject to the will of the citizenry?
Yesterday, Angela Kasner Merkel has again imposed her will upon in that ‘summit for two’ held in the German chancellery in Berlin. The increase of the rescue fund is speeded up while the application of the Tobin tax is again left sine die.
With the imposition that has lodged relevant unelected governing higher-ups, hand-picked by consensus to calm down the markets, we must be alert because we could very well be close to the seizure of our legitimate right to elect those we wish to govern us.