Berlin: There were a bouquet and congratulations. Otherwise; there was everyday political life. Angela Merkel has reached the age of 65. In the run-up to her birthday, the German Chancellor had commented on the topic of getting older: “That means you are not getting any younger. But perhaps more experienced, “said Merkel literally.
Trembling strokes recently put the state of health of the Chancellor in the center of public interest. She was excellent – no need to worry, Merkel assured.
She has been in office since November 2005, having previously gained cabinet experience as Environment Minister and formerly Minister for Women and Youth.
The most famous and controversial statement of her current term Merkel made in the face of the flood of refugees in late August 2015: “And I say: Germany is a stable country. And the motive in which we approach these things must be: We have done so much, we can do it. “
Especially from the right, there was an explicit criticism and rejection for this sentence and its refugee policy.
By 2021, Merkel is leading the fortunes of the German government. Another Chancellor candidate or other political office has excluded them – as well as early retirement.