Edition: January 1st 2019, Written By: Felipe Lopez Gonzales
The far-right chancellor is among the world's fiercest leaders, edging her way to the European pedestal as the most consequential ruler in the continent. The significance of Europe through a global geopolitical lens puts her on an even grander stage, with various by-products of her chancellorship making her different from other leaders.
Penchant For The Sciences
Merkel’s affinity for the sciences goes beyond mere academic curiosity. The Chancellor pursued a Master of Science at Leipzig University prior to a PhD in Chemistry from the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof, for a thesis on quantum chemistry. Merkel has since surrounded herself with a sciencey company, marrying her first husband with whom she studied physics, and later tying the knot with second and current husband and quantum chemist Joachim Sauer. Merkel’s own sister Irene Kasner works as an occupational therapist, with brother Marcus Kasner practicing theoretical physics.
Personal Beef With Putin
There’s nothing wrong in wagering that Vladimir Putin is disliked among democratic world leaders. With Russia being one of Europe’s top energy suppliers however, energy talks are bound to occur. But what does a dog have to do with it? During a 2007 energy conference in Russia, Putin emerged into the room with his dog sniffing and visibly upsetting Merkel in spite of her well-documented fear of dogs going back to a dog attack in 1995. It was her response to Putin’s assurance that the dog will behave that exemplified her outstanding character as Merkel said “It doesn’t eat journalists, after all,” taking a dig at the journalist-suppressing ruler.
Later analysing Putin’s behaviour, Merkel attributed the incident to the dictator proving to be a man hence an underlying fear of his own weakness and a weak Russia.
To football fans, chancing upon favourite stars emerging naked through locker room steam, or squeezing between a crowd of sweaty footballers for a photo-op is as good as it gets. The chancellor is known for posing with the German squad frequently in the changing room during significant events like World Cup qualifying games. She has a particular affinity for squad star Bastian Schweinsteiger, who’d had the chance to watch a national match right next to the Chancellor when facing a suspension.
Coach Joachim Löw confirmed the suspicion saying Merkel is “especially well alongside him (Schweinsteiger).” Overall, her affinity for the game has reportedly increased her political platform, with a 2% rise in polls noticed following her visit to the German team after a win against Portugal in Salvador, Brazil, in 2014.
Hanging a fake Time Magazine cover in his golf clubs was Trump’s way of appreciating the stolen prestige of landing on one of the most popular outlets in the world, even when he was New York City’s big time real estate developer. For Angela Merkel, landing on Forbes’s “The Most Powerful Woman in the World” spot for as many as ten times, and ranking second to “The World’s Most Powerful Person” erases any doubt about the immensity of her influence and power.
Hearing the word “Mutti,” meaning “mommy” uttered by German supporters additionally resonates her safe status as one of the most consequential figures domestically and globally.