The Most Powerful Woman in Politics

The woman at the centre of it all, Merkel, is Germany’s first female Chancellor, and, as leader of the strongest member state economy, at the helm of the EU as it navigates the still choppy waters of the Euro Crisis. While saving the euro, she has managed to guide her own country through a period of economic prosperity to a twenty year unemployment low.

She has made the Forbes Most Powerful Women list eight times out of the past ten years, seven of those times – including 2013 – coming in at number 1. She’s currently at number 2, behind Obama, on their World’s Most Powerful People list. Fluent in Russian and English, she has her Doctorate in quantum chemistry, favours austerity, dislikes confrontation and is currently enjoying enormous popularity and solid approval rates.

She isn’t, of course, without her critics, political and otherwise. She’s female, so there’s endless discussion about her appearance. In the televised election debate between her and her rival, Peer Steinbrück, it was Merkel’s necklace (in the colours of the German flag) that stole the show. Just this week The Huffington Post published an article in which Andrew Marr claimed she’s too unattractive to ever be elected in Britain (but that’s okay Britain, because she’s not leading you) and a BBC blog from Matt Frei went for the classic ‘Angela Merkel: more minx than matron’ (why not just combine the two and have a minxy matron running the western world?)

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3 Replies to “The Most Powerful Woman in Politics”

  1. ” Fluent in Russian and English …” she’s as fluent in english as you are in german, have you actually ever heard her, very probably less so giving your german the benefit of the doubt.

    other than that your article betrays little knowledge of german politics, but perhaps that was part of your brief for the piece.:

    1. Hi Westernworld,

      It wasn’t so much a piece about German politics, as it was introducing a specifically Australian audience, largely female, to Merkel as a powerful, female political figure. I can not and do not profess to knowing a great deal about German politics, as you suggested. Merkel as a female figure, however, is an interesting one and the piece was published in an Australian political climate that has, of late, been heavily concerned with our own first female PM and her ongoing battle with her ultimate successor, to whom she delivered a now famous speech about the misogyny she encountered as a female politician. You will note the title, angle, and content of the piece was geared around Merkel as a female political figure, not around German politics as a study.

      As for her English, it has served not too badly thus far, so I think I shall say it’s a touch better than my German.

  2. “As for her English, it has served not too badly thus far, so I think I shall say it’s a touch better than my German.”

    one of her more stellar performances showcasing her exceptional command of the english language. exhibit a

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