She’s been called boring, understated, intensely private and a woman no one really knows. Angela Merkel could probably not care less what you think. She’s got much bigger fish to fry. There’s the euro, this week’s election and a soccer game to watch. She is uncompromising in both her work and personal style. She’s not going to change because a media outlet questions whether she is “too boring for Germany.”
In political circles, the German Chancellor is a breath of fresh air when it comes to affairs of state. Known for being averse to campaigning, a reluctant speaker and almost reclusive for an office holder; the woman comes alive when hosting one of her town hall meetings answering over 11,000 questions from regular, everyday German folk.
Perhaps American politicians could take a page from her book. American politics, so slick, so rehearsed, so polished. Wouldn’t it be nice to see someone just get the job done without all the fanfare? When will the American public become weary of the Anthony Wieners, the Clinton Machine, the Tea Party and all other conglomerate of the contrivance of politics that is the American way—loud, in your face, find the dirt on the other candidate’s family members?
Perhaps we could take a lesson from Angela Merkel in style—maybe it is time for understatement; time for becoming uncompromising in our style, time for dedication to getting the job at hand just plain done. Was American not founded on the notion of work hard, keep your nose clean and accomplishment through those efforts? Perhaps Angela Merkel can give us a lesson on how to run the world.
It’s a simple enough formula, based on education, hard work, dedication and a style that remains uncompromised regardless of trend, fad or passing fancy. Her story is impressive. A physicist by trade, she entered the political world after the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. She became Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union party. She became Germany’s first female Chancellor in 2005 and has won reelection once. She faces the challenge again this Sunday.
Her political strategy is based simply on budgetary discipline, solidarity and incentive for growth. She’s been credited for phasing out nuclear energy after a nuclear accident and promoting renewable energies. Her wish for the future is, “that Germany and Europe are stable, successful and good partners for the world.” Meaningful words coming from the leader of a country whose history includes both fascism and communism.
She is also a proponent of the Equal Opportunities Act, ensuring each child has a spot in kindergarten, early childhood education, parental leave for fathers and mothers, all day schools and she appears to work tirelessly throughout most of her career reconciling work and family balance. Actually working to make these things happen; not telling others how to accomplish the task.
All this from physicist by trade; a scientist. Perhaps she approaches political life as a science instead of a lifestyle. Perhaps she pushes through the way one might a theory or matter and its motion through space and time with some energy and force thrown in for good measure. Perhaps she approaches politics the way a scientist approaches life: measured, calculated, philosophically and through observation.
On the other hand, maybe she’s just a person who lets her uncompromising style run the world that is Germany.
Written by: Linda Torkelson
Source 1: www.nytimes.com/2013/09/17/opinions/is-angela-merkel-too-boring-for-germany?
Source 2: www.biography.com
Source 3: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree…/why-germans-love-enigmatic-angela-merkel