By Clifford W Mills
Born in West Germany yet raised in East Germany, Angela Merkel has recognized either repression and freedom. With the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Merkel begun her meteoric upward thrust to turn into Germany's first woman chancellor and one of many world's strongest girls. A scientist through education, Merkel possesses analytical talents seldom noticeable in a global chief, and she or he confronts not just German difficulties yet ecu and global concerns with international relations and tact. more advantageous by way of a chronology, bibliography, and proposals for additional examining, this new full-color biography is the inspiring account of an fascinating chief who is a tireless strength for growth.
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Honecker was forced to resign on October 19, 1989, since he did not have Gorbachev’s support— 40 POLITICAL AWAKENING She knew how powerful government could be, and getting out from under it seemed to liberate her in every way. a necessary element needed for East Germany to maintain its restrictive policies. The wall fell soon after. The unthinkable only a year before—a united Germany—became a realistic goal. ” One word made all the difference. A Reunited Germany One of the first things Merkel did after the “happiest night” of 11/9 was to join a group called the Democratic Awakening (Demokratischer Aufbruch), or DA.
GROWING UP IN A WORLD DIVIDED In 1986, Merkel received permission to go to a cousin’s wedding in Hamburg. It was her first trip back to the West since she was a baby. She was delighted by the West German intercity high-speed train, a new technological marvel she had never seen before. The speed and smoothness of the trip were unlike any train rides in East Germany. She was horrified when some West German students put their feet on the seats of the beautiful train. In East Germany, such behavior would never be allowed.
Levels of mercury, copper, and arsenic in the environment dropped as Merkel’s regulations took effect. She supported initiatives to have computer makers take back discarded terminals, disk drives, and printers. She encouraged manufacturers of household products to set up similar recycling programs. Merkel also took the lead in asking the European Union (the EU, an alliance of several European countries) to tackle POLITICAL AWAKENING She showed a willingness to tackle problems on a larger scale than just country-by-country.
Angela Merkel (Modern World Leaders) by Clifford W Mills