Chancellor with the virtue of restraint
Photo: Lien, Kyrre / TT newsagency / Forum
“If you really want to know who I am, watch this movie,” whispered Angela Merkel at one of the EU summits to Nicolas Sarkozy. And she handed him a DVD of “Tapped Life”. She never did so again. Fortunately, the talkative French president included his confession in his diaries. Revealed the key to the interior of the German chancellor and her political decisions?
“Life on wiretapping” (directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck) tells the story of the shocking system of control in the communist paradise by Erich Honecker. For 40 years of existence, every year, the army of 300,000 Stasi spies visited GDR citizens’ homes, under duvets, and even their neurotransmitters. To prevent “thoughtcrimes” from nesting there.
If childhood and youth shape us, Merkel absorbed the fumes in the Stasi state for 30 years. As a pastor’s daughter, she learned to keep her mouth shut, practiced the virtue of restraint – very useful in political business. Because if in the GDR she constantly had to be careful about what she was saying and to whom, how far she could go to survive in a jungle full of police, spy, communists and nosy neighbors, she used the same strategy of survival in politics, since here too in the crosshairs – this time the media, rivals and political enemies.
She surrounded the chancellor’s office and the top of the CDU top, which she had headed for 18 years, with high walls. Behind them, she protected herself and her team. Each of her coworkers knew that if she didn’t keep her tongue, she would fly out. For whoever comes under observation constantly monitors his feelings and thoughts.
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