Angela Merkel: Chancellor of Germany Analytical Essay by Carly Evans

An analytical essay on Angela Merkel and her political career.
# 150243 | 956 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published by on Jan 30, 2012 in Political Science (Non-U.S.)

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An analysis of the life and political career of Angela Merkel, the first female leader of the CDU and Chancellor of Germany. This paper begins with her early career in pre-unification East Germany and follows through to her role in recent political events like the Euro Zone Sovereign Debt Crisis.

School Life & Early Political Inclinations
Political Life
European Financial Crisis

From the Paper:

"With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Merkel stepped into a full-time role in politics, becoming the deputy spokesperson for the Lothar de Maiziere pre-unification government. Post-reunification, she herself was elected to the Bundestag as a representative of her East German district, Stralsund-Nordvorpommern-Rugen, which she would represent until her ascendancy to the Chancellorship. From that point, she served in ministerial positions, including Minister for Women and Youth and Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety. During this time, she was taken into the mentorship of Chancellor Helmut Kohl.

"After Kohl's defeat in the general election of 1998, Merkel moved on to a position as Secretary-General in her party, the Christian Democratic Union. During her tenure, she significantly expanded the influence and purchase of her party through several elections. A significant turning point for her came when she was forced to turn against Kohl, who had been implicated in a financing scandal, and pave a new road for the party away from his influence. This led to her being elected the chair of the CDU, the first woman to hold this position.

"As her reputation in Germany grew, suggestions began to emerge that she challenge Chancellor Gerhard Schroder for the Chancellorship. However, despite her increasing popularity generally, she faced opposition from within a faction of her own party, the Bavarian Christian Social Union-- a [predominantly Catholic organization that was opposed to her Protestant identity. The CSU's own leader, Edmund Stoiber, was put forth as the candidate and lost in the general election. After this defeat, Merkel was able to move into the leadership of the entire conservative opposition in the Bundestag."

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