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How does Angela Merkel look back on her career? An event described by a former statesman may give deep insights.

Paris – Angela Merkel is now one of the founders in the ranks of international heads of government. she has many Statesmen see come and go – and make some closer contacts. One of the more important companions among the heads of state and government was Nicolas Sarkozy, who ruled for five years as president in France and will have to answer to court later this year for allegations of bribery. He now describes episodes from his time as president in his newly published memoirs, in which Angela Merkel also has her place. What Sarkozy said about the Chancellor reported, makes you pay attention in detail.

The impression Sarkozy has given Angela Merkel * is that of a tough one politicianwho apparently pursues her goals uncompromisingly. If you follow the ex-president, she has her male ones Rivals Cold-blooded to the sidelines. “Underestimating them is a grave mistake,” Sarkozy says in “Le Temps des Tempêtes“(” The time of the storms “). It is all the more surprising what he still knows about the Chancellor.

🇩🇪🇫🇷🇪🇺 Working together in the corona pandemic: Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron spoke in a video conference this afternoon about a Franco-German initiative for Europe’s economic recovery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ — Action commune face à la pandémie de Corona: la chancelière Merkel et le président français @emmanuelmacron ont parlé cet après-midi, lors d’une vidéoconférence, d’une initiative franco-allemande pour la relance économique de l’Europe. — Joint action in the Corona pandemic: Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron spoke this afternoon in a video conference about a Franco-German initiative for the economic recovery of Europe. . . . #Chancellor #Merkel #Germany #France #Allemagne #France #president #Macron #coronavirus #corona # covid_19 #Europe #Europe

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So Sarkozy describes how Angela Merkel says to him EU summit made an unexpected gift. It was a DVD of the German film “The Lives of Others“, which she presented to him. The drama from 2006 describes an oppressive everyday life in the GDR, in which the StasiApparatus is ubiquitous. Surveillance, interrogation and detention by the Ministry of State Security are a theme throughout the film. He portrays a society that lives in freedom. The picture of the country in which Angela Merkel grew up and had a scientific career as a physicist until the fall of the Berlin Wall is bleak.

But why this one Movie as a gift to the confidant from abroad? Probably because Sarkozy could not share her experiences. “I want you to look at it. This is my life, ”said Angela Merkel, according to the memoirs of the French President. They are unexpected words from a former one GDR citizenwho reported of herself that she was neither in the SED still in resistance has been active. Only from an engagement in the FDJ she reported later. And yet her words show that the future Chancellor might not be understood without looking at the darker side of life in the GDR.

When the wall fell, Angela Merkel was 35 years old. When she met Nicola Sarkozy, she had still spent the vast majority of her life in the East German state. (rm)

With Hans-Jochen Vogel, one of the SPD’s great names has since passed away. In a tweet packaged as a condolence, a Free Liberal is wrong.

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