German Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates her 65th birthday today. However, the CDU politician does not make a big fuss about that.
Rather, as usual, she heads the meeting of the Federal Cabinet. Asked about the day, Merkel had said in the past week: “That means you are not getting any younger. But more experienced maybe. »
Merkel has been Chancellor since November 2005. Recently, the headlines about her health, after she had suffered three times within three weeks of dithering attacks – always on public appointments while standing. She was “firmly convinced that I am well performing,” she assured. At the reception of two foreign heads of state, she had last responded pragmatically – and listened to the national anthem while seated.
Former SPD chairman Sigmar Gabriel paid homage to Merkel on her birthday as “an outstanding figure in the Chancellery”. “Even when seated, the head of the German government radiates even more political power than many who pose in front of her, standing and seemingly tall,” wrote Gabriel in an article for the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel. “More than appearance is not just its political (over-) life motto.” Whatever one thinks of Merkel’s individual political decisions: “As German Chancellor, she has done our country well and well,” said Gabriel.
Merkel has also been criticized in recent years, especially her attitude in refugee politics polarized. But their popularity scores are high – while their CDU, whose chairmanship they have given at the end of last year, in the polls is well below 30 percent.
The head of the polling institute Forsa, Manfred Güllner, attributes Merkel’s reputation, among other things, to her unpretentious style. «The outstanding thing is that it has given many people the feeling of security and stability. She has conveyed that she actually cares about the concerns of the people, without making a big rip-off, “said Güllner the editorial network Germany (Wednesday).