Angela Merkel, 15 years in power, without a wrinkle

At the height of the polls, with no real competitors or successors, the German Chancellor seems stainless.

Angela Merkel.
Angela Merkel. HANNIBAL HANSCHKE/REUTERS

Correspondent in Berlin

In this period of Covid-19, the scene has been repeating itself for several weeks in Berlin. Worried about the persistence of the virus, Angela Merkel summons recalcitrant regional presidents, to try to toughen the containment measures. Twice these meetings end in failure and, in the end, the status quo prevails. In the aftermath of these aborted summits, the Chancellor publicly complains of not having been listened to by the local barons and repeats her message. “We must reduce contact, reduce contact, reduce contact“, She insisted on Tuesday. Fortunately, the epidemic remains under control. Germany is one of the best pupils in the European class, and that is enough for the happiness of the population.

Angela Merkel rarely imposes her own decisions. But she embodies, again and again, the voice of wisdom. Often photographed, fingers and hands crossed in front of her waist, the country’s first lady remains placid. His phlegm,

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