Angela Merkel’s first interview, since she is no longer chancellor (and the revelation about her tremors)

from Elena Theban

The first interview since she was no longer Chancellor did not appeal to the German newspapers. Here’s why

In the first public interview since no longer Chancellor Angela Merkel defended his politics against the Russia: If I look back, when I sum up, I am really happy not to have to blame myself for not having done enough to avoid an event like the one that occurred, she said, explaining that she was opposed to the admission ofUkraine in Bornin 2008, because she was very sure that the Russian president Vladimir Putin he would not have allowed that to happen to us and because at the time Ukraine was dominated by oligarchs and was not an internally democratic country. So it doesn’t seem to me that now I have to say: it was a mistake, and therefore I don’t apologize even he concluded. And he added that he is right now there Germany to rearm and focus on military deterrence, because this is the only language that Putin understands (he wrote about it in Corriere Paolo Valentino). The responses from him were not liked by the German newspaperswho published rather critical comments and highlighted the former chancellor’s contradictions.

Particularly harsh is that of the moderate conservative newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Faz), who wonders if it made us wiser to know how Merkel was aware of the danger posed by Vladimir Putin’s Russia. We would really be wiser – objects the Faz – if we knew why only now theWest it is painstakingly harnessing the means by which Ukraine can oppose this escalation. And he wonders why Merkel, given her awareness, didn’t start speaking the language of military deterrence more than ten years ago, when he knew that Putin wanted to destroy the European Union (was it only because of Merkel’s coalition partner, the SPD, who did not want to buy armed drones? he asks, with a stab at the current Chancellor Olaf Scholz).

Also the progressive weekly Spiegel – for which he also writes Alexander Osang, the journalist who interviewed Merkel on the stage of the Berliner Ensemble theater on the occasion of the presentation of a book with her speeches – not tender with the former chancellor. In addition to explaining one’s choices and self-defense, there is no room for self-criticism. The former chancellor presented herself with two messages: theAngela Merkel private, and this is what now, he no longer feels indebted to anyone. And politics Angela Merkel sees no reason to admit mistakes, let alone apologize for the decisions made while in office, comments the political columnist Melanie Amann. Which underlines Merkel’s contradictions: she said she had repeatedly warned her EU colleagues that the Kremlin leader wanted to “destroy Europe”. It remains incomprehensible – notes Amann – why, in the last months of your mandate, you unsuccessfully solicited the same EU colleagues for new talks with Moscow, as told by Merkel herself on the stage of the theater.

Everyone notes one thing: the former chancellor has forcefully emphasized that she has now retired to private life. And she shows no signs of wanting to return to active politics. Also because, she highlights the Berlin newspaper Tagesspiegel, politically more and more above the parties. In other words, she is increasingly distant from “his than hers” CDU, the party – as you declared before leaving the leadership of the government – to which you are closest. Today we can say to which she was closest comments the Tagesspiegel. Perhaps the most interesting account is the one given by his interviewer Alexander Osang at the Berliner Zeitung. Osang, an East German like her, knows the former chancellor very well: one of her biographers has interviewed her several times. It was new for her too – he says of the evening in the Berlin theater -. I used to meet her in rooms that she could relatively control. The interviews took place in the Chancellery, in her family environment. She was the hostess. (…) she It was understood that the Berliner Ensemble it was not his environment. And it was clear that she hadn’t spoken in public for a long time, she explains. But she agreed to discuss private things as well, like her tremors and her vacations (the tremors, Merkel said, had two causes: that she was exhausted after her mother died and that she drank too little). And she started using a different, more unofficial language. The attention to contexts and the use of different languages ​​according to the contexts, according to Osang, a legacy of the East, the legacy of a suspicion that he too knows well. it was a fundamental experience in the East. Having different languages ​​for different social areas. Especially when he grows up in a shepherd family, as happened to her he says. You soon learn that in the ecclesial community we speak differently from how we speak at school.

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