Congratulations, they arrived today for Angela Merkel, on her 15th birthday as chancellor.
The French newspaper Le Parisien used the anniversary as an opportunity to interview politicians with whom Merkel has held consultations and negotiations throughout her career.
"She is by far the biggest political figure in Europe," former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner was quoted as saying.
"Merkel is a woman who knows how to be strong, but never difficult," he said.
"Merkel is very real, an example of German quality," recalls Jean-Marc Ayrault, who was France's prime minister from 2012 to 2014.
Other French politicians also describe the German chancellor as someone who takes time for important decisions.
The President of the European Central Bank, Christine Lagarde, congratulated via Twitter and wrote that "Chancellor Merkel took decisive steps to make Europe stronger in challenging times and is today one of the most respected leaders in the world."
Angela Merkel carries many awards and records, where only "Forbes" has declared her 8 times as the most powerful woman in the world. Other records in her career are related to the fact that she is the first woman to take the post of chancellor in Germany, but also the first person to come from East Germany and hold the most important post in the state.
The media, but also analysts describe Merkel with the German nickname "Iron Woman".
Merkel stepped down as leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in October 2018 promoting another successful woman Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, a state prime minister, as her successor at the helm of the CDU, and announced she would not seek a term next as chancellor in 2021.
Merkel leads the region's largest economy. It has managed to successfully manage Germany and increase and strengthen its profile in the eyes of the whole world, especially after 2008 with the onset of the financial crisis, the refugee crisis and the war in Syria, and especially last year with successful management. te pandemise Covid / 19.
Merkel, as chancellor, changed Germany, turning it into a European paradise. Merkel's greatest merit is initially seen in the fact that Germany was not affected by the 2008 financial crisis. While Europe was suffering and many countries were seeking help, Germany was seeing its own economic boom, for the sake of Merkel's stimulus packages. he also proposed lowering working hours for workers, helping the government maintain the same wage level, lower bond interest rates and Germany's strong role as an exporter. Innovation and reform also brought about social policies, as well as increased minimum wages.
Its presentation to the public is always interesting. Calm, determined and with a look that shows her strength and endurance, the European leader is famous for the special positioning of her hands in the shape of a rhombus, which today is also known as the "Merkel Romb" and has also served as a symbol for its supporters to imply "that Germany is in safe hands". Merkel is also known for her many facial expressions.
She loves to cook for her husband, and even the first thing she does in the morning is prepare breakfast for her husband.
Merkel has been photographed several times shopping in the supermarket without complexes, like an ordinary citizen. One of the things he likes a lot is the long walks in nature, the reason why he does not want to live in any big city, as he thinks it is too noisy for him.