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Angela Merkel (born 17th July 1954 in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}) is the current chancellor of Germany. The [[IronLady first woman]] and first person from the former UsefulNotes/EastGermany to have the job.[[note]]Though she was born in Hamburg and moved to the GDR aged only a few weeks when her father became a pastor in Quitzow in Brandenburg.[[/note]] ''Forbes'' lists her among the most powerful women in the world since 2006.

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Angela Dorothea Merkel (born 17th (née Kasner, born 17 July 1954 in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}) is the current chancellor of Germany. The [[IronLady first woman]] and first person from the former UsefulNotes/EastGermany to have the job.[[note]]Though she was born in Hamburg and moved to the GDR aged only a few weeks when her father became a pastor in Quitzow in Brandenburg.[[/note]] ''Forbes'' lists her among the most powerful women in the world since 2006.


->''"Wir schaffen das!"''[[note]]Literally "We can do this!", said in response to criticisms that Germany would not be able to house the amounts of migrants that were coming into the country during the Syrian Migrant Crisis. And that is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment all we say about that here]].[[/note]]

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->''"Wir schaffen das!"''[[note]]Literally "We can do this!", said in response to criticisms that Germany would not be able to house the amounts of migrants that were coming into the country during the Syrian Migrant Crisis. And that is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment all we say about that here]].[[/note]]



As Chancellor, she is known more for being (or at least trying to be) a [[BoringButPractical steady pair of hands]] at the helm (there are accusations that she's faltered, but some disagree, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment that's all we'll say on the matter]]), as opposed to the flashy media-genius of her predecessor. German Media tend to call her "Teflon-Merkel" (being a reactionist politician, accusations don't tend to stick, it's her ministers that fuck up usually), or "Mutti" (mommy, her party-intern nickname).

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As Chancellor, she is known more for being (or at least trying to be) a [[BoringButPractical steady pair of hands]] at the helm (there are accusations that she's faltered, but some disagree, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment that's all we'll say on the matter]]), as opposed to the flashy media-genius of her predecessor. German Media tend to call her "Teflon-Merkel" (being a reactionist politician, accusations don't tend to stick, it's her ministers that fuck up usually), or "Mutti" (mommy, her party-intern nickname).


-->"Wir schaffen das!"[[note]]Literally "We can do this!", said in response to criticisms that Germany would not be able to house the amounts of migrants that were coming into the country during the ''Syrian Migrant Crisis''. And that is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment all we say about that here]].[[/note]]

Angela Merkel (born 17th July [[TheFifties 1954]] in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}) is the current chancellor of Germany. The [[IronLady first woman]] and first person from the former UsefulNotes/EastGermany to have the job.[[note]]Though she was born in Hamburg and moved to the GDR aged only a few weeks when her father became a pastor in Quitzow in Brandenburg.[[/note]] Forbes lists her among the most powerful women in the world since 2006.

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-->"Wir ->''"Wir schaffen das!"[[note]]Literally das!"''[[note]]Literally "We can do this!", said in response to criticisms that Germany would not be able to house the amounts of migrants that were coming into the country during the ''Syrian Syrian Migrant Crisis''.Crisis. And that is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment all we say about that here]].[[/note]]

Angela Merkel (born 17th July [[TheFifties 1954]] 1954 in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}) is the current chancellor of Germany. The [[IronLady first woman]] and first person from the former UsefulNotes/EastGermany to have the job.[[note]]Though she was born in Hamburg and moved to the GDR aged only a few weeks when her father became a pastor in Quitzow in Brandenburg.[[/note]] Forbes ''Forbes'' lists her among the most powerful women in the world since 2006.



* Tracey Ullman plays a version of her on ''Tracey Breaks The News''.
* She is a regular part of the Series/{{Nockherberg}}.
* Naturally, she is a frequent target of both Series/Extra3 and the Series/HeuteShow.
* Creator/KateMcKinnon plays her in ''Weekend Update'' sketches on Series/SaturdayNightLive, playing up her GermanicEfficiency.
* Some episodes of WebVideo/{{Walulis}} before and after the 2017 election were devoted to analysing her style of media appearance.

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* Tracey Ullman Creator/TraceyUllman plays a version of her on ''Tracey Breaks The the News''.
* She is a regular part of the Series/{{Nockherberg}}.
''Series/{{Nockherberg}}''.
* Naturally, she is a frequent target of both Series/Extra3 and the Series/HeuteShow.
''Series/HeuteShow''.
* Creator/KateMcKinnon plays her in ''Weekend Update'' sketches on Series/SaturdayNightLive, ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', playing up her GermanicEfficiency.
* Some episodes of WebVideo/{{Walulis}} ''WebVideo/{{Walulis}}'' before and after the 2017 election were devoted to analysing her style of media appearance.


When Kohl lost the 1998 election (after a total of 16 years in office, longer than any non-royal since UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck had led Germany in any capacity), Merkel lost her office and a Red Green coalition took over. The CDU soon became embroiled in a political donations scandal that ended the political career of Kohl, who famously refused to name the donors as he had given them "[[IGaveMyWord his word of honor]]". Merkel astutely outmaneuvered the mostly male and western leadership of the CDU and managed to implicate Wolfgang Schäuble in the scandal, who had been the "crown prince" of Kohl for roughly a decade. However, in the 2002 election Bavarian Prime Minister and leader of the CSU (a sister party of the CDU that only exists in Bavaria and forms a common caucus with the CDU at the federal level) Edmund Stoiber wanted to be the federal candidate for chancellor of the joint CDU/CSU effort and Merkel famously had a breakfast with him at his house in Wolfratshausen where she backed down and let Stoiber have first dibs at the position. However, Stoiber's campaign didn't go all that well and in addition the Iraq War then brewing was really unpopular among most Germans (which Schröder realized but Stoiber did not) and the red green coalition under Schröder was reelected with a narrow margin making Merkel the natural leader of the opposition and basically nobody in the party willing or able to challenge her.

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When Kohl lost the 1998 election (after a total of 16 years in office, longer than any non-royal since UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck had led Germany in any capacity), Merkel lost her office and a Red Green coalition took over. The CDU soon became embroiled in a political donations scandal that ended the political career of Kohl, who famously refused to name the donors as he had given them "[[IGaveMyWord his word of honor]]". Merkel astutely outmaneuvered the mostly male and western leadership of the CDU and managed to implicate Wolfgang Schäuble in the scandal, Schäuble, who had been the "crown prince" of Kohl for roughly a decade.decade, in the scandal. However, in the 2002 election Bavarian Prime Minister and leader of the CSU (a sister party of the CDU that only exists in Bavaria and forms a common caucus with the CDU at the federal level) Edmund Stoiber wanted to be the federal candidate for chancellor of the joint CDU/CSU effort and Merkel famously had a breakfast with him at his house in Wolfratshausen where she backed down and let Stoiber have first dibs at the position. However, Stoiber's campaign didn't go all that well and in addition the Iraq War then brewing was really unpopular among most Germans (which Schröder realized but Stoiber did not) and the red green coalition under Schröder was reelected with a narrow margin making Merkel the natural leader of the opposition and basically nobody in the party willing or able to challenge her.


When Kohl lost the 1998 election (after a total of 16 years in office, longer than any non-royal since UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck had led Germany in any capacity), Merkel lost her office and a Red Green coalition took over. The CDU soon became embroiled in a political donations scandal that ended the political career of Kohl, who famously refused to name the donors as he had given them "[[IGaveMyWord his word of honor]]". Merkel astutely outmaneuvered the mostly male and western leadership of the CDU and managed to implicated Wolfgang Schäuble in the scandal who had been the "crown prince" of Kohl for roughly a decade. However, in the 2002 election Bavarian Prime Minister and leader of the CSU (a sister party of the CDU that only exists in Bavaria and forms a common caucus with the CDU at the federal level) Edmund Stoiber wanted to be the federal candidate for chancellor of the joint CDU/CSU effort and Merkel famously had a breakfast with him at his house in Wolfratshausen where she backed down and let Stoiber have first dibs at the position. However, Stoiber's campaign didn't go all that well and in addition the Iraq War then brewing was really unpopular among most Germans (which Schröder realized but Stoiber did not) and the red green coalition under Schröder was reelected with a narrow margin making Merkel the natural leader of the opposition and basically nobody in the party willing or able to challenge her.

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When Kohl lost the 1998 election (after a total of 16 years in office, longer than any non-royal since UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck had led Germany in any capacity), Merkel lost her office and a Red Green coalition took over. The CDU soon became embroiled in a political donations scandal that ended the political career of Kohl, who famously refused to name the donors as he had given them "[[IGaveMyWord his word of honor]]". Merkel astutely outmaneuvered the mostly male and western leadership of the CDU and managed to implicated implicate Wolfgang Schäuble in the scandal scandal, who had been the "crown prince" of Kohl for roughly a decade. However, in the 2002 election Bavarian Prime Minister and leader of the CSU (a sister party of the CDU that only exists in Bavaria and forms a common caucus with the CDU at the federal level) Edmund Stoiber wanted to be the federal candidate for chancellor of the joint CDU/CSU effort and Merkel famously had a breakfast with him at his house in Wolfratshausen where she backed down and let Stoiber have first dibs at the position. However, Stoiber's campaign didn't go all that well and in addition the Iraq War then brewing was really unpopular among most Germans (which Schröder realized but Stoiber did not) and the red green coalition under Schröder was reelected with a narrow margin making Merkel the natural leader of the opposition and basically nobody in the party willing or able to challenge her.


She led the campaign of the CDU/CSU in 2005 and narrowly won more votes than the SPD. This led to the formation of the first Grand Coalition on federal level since [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Kurt Georg Kiesinger]] formed one all the way back in [[TheSixties 1966]].

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When Kohl lost the 1998 election (after a total of 16 years in office, longer than any non-royal since UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck had led Germany in any capacity), Merkel lost her office and a Red Green coalition took over. The CDU soon became embroiled in a political donations scandal that ended the political career of Kohl, who famously refused to name the donors as he had given them "[[IGaveMyWord his word of honor]]". Merkel astutely outmaneuvered the mostly male and western leadership of the CDU and managed to implicated Wolfgang Schäuble in the scandal who had been the "crown prince" of Kohl for roughly a decade. However, in the 2002 election Bavarian Prime Minister and leader of the CSU (a sister party of the CDU that only exists in Bavaria and forms a common caucus with the CDU at the federal level) Edmund Stoiber wanted to be the federal candidate for chancellor of the joint CDU/CSU effort and Merkel famously had a breakfast with him at his house in Wolfratshausen where she backed down and let Stoiber have first dibs at the position. However, Stoiber's campaign didn't go all that well and in addition the Iraq War then brewing was really unpopular among most Germans (which Schröder realized but Stoiber did not) and the red green coalition under Schröder was reelected with a narrow margin making Merkel the natural leader of the opposition and basically nobody in the party willing or able to challenge her.

She led the campaign of the CDU/CSU in 2005 and narrowly won more votes than the SPD.SPD, despite losing votes compared to 2002. This led to the formation of the first Grand Coalition on federal level since [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Kurt Georg Kiesinger]] formed one all the way back in [[TheSixties 1966]].


She [[BrainyBrunette is a Doctor of Physics]] (her Thesis was about ''quantum chemistry'') who moved into East German politics around the time of the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp fall of the Berlin Wall]]; she was elected to the first, last, and only democratically-elected ''Volkskammer'' (parliament)[[note]]''literally "Chamber of the People"''[[/note]] of UsefulNotes/EastGermany before it dissolved. Her party, the ''Demokratischer Aufbruch''[[note]]lit. "Democratic Awakening"[[/note]] merged with the West German [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII CDU]] and in the first federal elections after the fall of the Berlin Wall she was immediately elected to parliament with a [[CurbStompBattle landslide 48,1%]] and was unexpectedly made a member of [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Helmut Kohl's]] (who called her [[AffectionateNickname "Mein Mädchen"]][[note]]lit. "My Girl"[[/note]]) cabinet, essentially putting her political career into high gear.

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She [[BrainyBrunette is a Doctor of Physics]] (her Thesis was about ''quantum chemistry'') who moved into East German politics around the time of the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp fall of the Berlin Wall]]; she was elected to the first, last, and only democratically-elected ''Volkskammer'' (parliament)[[note]]''literally "Chamber of the People"''[[/note]] of UsefulNotes/EastGermany before it dissolved. Her party, the ''Demokratischer Aufbruch''[[note]]lit. "Democratic Awakening"[[/note]] merged with the West German [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII CDU]] and in the first federal elections after the fall of the Berlin Wall she was immediately elected to parliament with a [[CurbStompBattle landslide 48,1%]] and was unexpectedly made a member of [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Helmut Kohl's]] (who called her [[AffectionateNickname "Mein Mädchen"]][[note]]lit. "My Girl"[[/note]]) cabinet, essentially putting her political career into high gear.
gear. Her getting the job (first as "minister for women" [[note]] often mistaken as "minister for families", the two ministries usually being the same but not during here tenure[[/note]] then in Kohl's last term as minister for the environment) is often said to be a case of her being the only qualified woman from East Germany available and Kohl needing more East Germans and more women. However, she quickly showed that she was more than anybody's "quota girl" in political astuteness, as her erstwhile mentor would soon learn to his ruin.


Angela Merkel (born 17th July [[TheFifties 1954]] in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}) is the current chancellor of Germany. The [[IronLady first woman]] and first person from the former UsefulNotes/EastGermany to have the job.[[note]]Though she was born in Hamburg and moved to the GDR aged only a few weeks when her father became a pastor in Quitzow in Brandenburg[[/note]]

She [[BrainyBrunette is a Doctor of Physics]] (her Thesis was about ''quantum chemistry'') who moved into East German politics around the time of the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp fall of the Berlin Wall]]; she was elected to the first, last, and only democratically-elected ''Volkskammer'' (parliament)[[note]]''literally "Chamber of the People"''[[/note]] of UsefulNotes/EastGermany before it dissolved.

Forbes lists her among the most powerful women in the world since 2006. In 2009, the Christian Democrats' traditional allies, the [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII Free Democrats (FDP; free-market liberals)]] picked up enough seats to allow Merkel to shed the [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII SPD]] and govern with their preferred partner; however, the FDP were ''completely wiped out'' in the 2013 elections, leaving another grand coalition the only workable alternative.

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Angela Merkel (born 17th July [[TheFifties 1954]] in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}) is the current chancellor of Germany. The [[IronLady first woman]] and first person from the former UsefulNotes/EastGermany to have the job.[[note]]Though she was born in Hamburg and moved to the GDR aged only a few weeks when her father became a pastor in Quitzow in Brandenburg[[/note]]

Brandenburg.[[/note]] Forbes lists her among the most powerful women in the world since 2006.

She [[BrainyBrunette is a Doctor of Physics]] (her Thesis was about ''quantum chemistry'') who moved into East German politics around the time of the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp fall of the Berlin Wall]]; she was elected to the first, last, and only democratically-elected ''Volkskammer'' (parliament)[[note]]''literally "Chamber of the People"''[[/note]] of UsefulNotes/EastGermany before it dissolved.

Forbes lists her among
dissolved. Her party, the most powerful women ''Demokratischer Aufbruch''[[note]]lit. "Democratic Awakening"[[/note]] merged with the West German [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII CDU]] and in the world first federal elections after the fall of the Berlin Wall she was immediately elected to parliament with a [[CurbStompBattle landslide 48,1%]] and was unexpectedly made a member of [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Helmut Kohl's]] (who called her [[AffectionateNickname "Mein Mädchen"]][[note]]lit. "My Girl"[[/note]]) cabinet, essentially putting her political career into high gear.

She led the campaign of the CDU/CSU in 2005 and narrowly won more votes than the SPD. This led to the formation of the first Grand Coalition on federal level
since 2006. [[UsefulNotes/TheChancellorsOfGermany Kurt Georg Kiesinger]] formed one all the way back in [[TheSixties 1966]].

In 2009, the Christian Democrats' traditional allies, the [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII Free Democrats (FDP; free-market liberals)]] picked up enough seats to allow Merkel to shed the [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII SPD]] and govern with their preferred partner; however, the FDP were ''completely wiped out'' in the 2013 elections, leaving another grand coalition the only workable alternative.



In the 2017 election both Merkel's CDU and coalition partner SPD lost a lot of votes prompting the SPD to announce leaving the coalition (although it would still command a majority of seats in the Bundestag), leading to speculations about the first ever "Jamaica" coalition of FDP, [=CDU/CSU=] and Greens on the federal level. The negotiations quickly fell apart with FDP leader Christian Lindner stating the [[MemeticMutation often parodied]] ''"Es ist besser [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere nicht zu regieren]] als falsch zu regieren"''[[note]]Rather not govern at all than govern wrongly[[/note]] leading to [[HereWeGoAgain another Grand Coalition]], the third under chancellor Merkel and the fourth on federal level.

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In the 2017 election both Merkel's CDU and coalition partner SPD lost a lot of votes prompting the SPD to announce leaving the coalition (although it would still command a majority of seats in the Bundestag), leading to speculations about the first ever "Jamaica" coalition of FDP, [=CDU/CSU=] and Greens on the federal level. The negotiations quickly fell apart with FDP leader Christian Lindner stating the [[MemeticMutation often parodied]] ''"Es "Es ist besser [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere nicht zu regieren]] als falsch zu regieren"''[[note]]Rather regieren"[[note]]"Rather not govern at all than govern wrongly[[/note]] wrongly"[[/note]] leading to [[HereWeGoAgain another Grand Coalition]], the third under chancellor Merkel and the fourth on federal level.
level. If she completes this entire term, she will tie Helmut Kohl for the [[LongRunner longest serving chancellor]].

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During the ''European Debt Crisis'', which affected countries such as UsefulNotes/{{Greece}}, UsefulNotes/{{Spain}} and UsefulNotes/{{Italy}}, she has argued very fiercely for austerity measures to combat the increasing financial instability within the Euro-Zone. With the rise of nationalist parties all across Europe and with the UsefulNotes/UnitedKingdom voting to leave the UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion, she has been working to hold the EU together.



In the 2017 election both Merkel's CDU and coalition partner SPD lost a lot of votes prompting the SPD to announce leaving the coalition (although it would still command a majority of seats in the Bundestag), leading to speculations about the first ever "Jamaica" coalition of FDP, [=CDU/CSU=] and Greens on the federal level. The negotiations quickly fell apart with FDP leader Christian Lindner stating the often parodied "[[MemeticMutation Es ist besser nicht zu regieren als falsch zu regieren]]"[[note]]Rather not govern at all than govern wrongly[[/note]] leading to [[HereWeGoAgain another Grand Coalition]], the third under chancellor Merkel and the fourth on federal level.

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In the 2017 election both Merkel's CDU and coalition partner SPD lost a lot of votes prompting the SPD to announce leaving the coalition (although it would still command a majority of seats in the Bundestag), leading to speculations about the first ever "Jamaica" coalition of FDP, [=CDU/CSU=] and Greens on the federal level. The negotiations quickly fell apart with FDP leader Christian Lindner stating the [[MemeticMutation often parodied "[[MemeticMutation Es parodied]] ''"Es ist besser [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere nicht zu regieren regieren]] als falsch zu regieren]]"[[note]]Rather regieren"''[[note]]Rather not govern at all than govern wrongly[[/note]] leading to [[HereWeGoAgain another Grand Coalition]], the third under chancellor Merkel and the fourth on federal level.


In the 2017 election both her own CDU and coalition partner SPD lost a lot of votes prompting the SPD to announce leaving the coalition (although it would still command a majority of seats in the Bundestag), leading to speculations about the first ever "Jamaica" coalition of FDP, [=CDU/CSU=] and Greens on the federal level. The negotiations quickly fell apart with FDP leader Christian Lindner stating the often parodied "[[MemeticMutation Es ist besser nicht zu regieren als falsch zu regieren]]"[[note]]Rather not govern at all than govern wrongly[[/note]] leading to [[HereWeGoAgain another Grand Coalition]], the third under chancellor Merkel and the fourth on federal level.

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In the 2017 election both her own Merkel's CDU and coalition partner SPD lost a lot of votes prompting the SPD to announce leaving the coalition (although it would still command a majority of seats in the Bundestag), leading to speculations about the first ever "Jamaica" coalition of FDP, [=CDU/CSU=] and Greens on the federal level. The negotiations quickly fell apart with FDP leader Christian Lindner stating the often parodied "[[MemeticMutation Es ist besser nicht zu regieren als falsch zu regieren]]"[[note]]Rather not govern at all than govern wrongly[[/note]] leading to [[HereWeGoAgain another Grand Coalition]], the third under chancellor Merkel and the fourth on federal level.



* Some episodes of Series/{{Walulis}} before and after the 2017 election were devoted to analysing her style of media appearance.

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* Some episodes of Series/{{Walulis}} WebVideo/{{Walulis}} before and after the 2017 election were devoted to analysing her style of media appearance.



-->Insert [[MemeticHandGesture Merkel Raute]] here.[[note]]She has a peculiar way of holding her hands in photographs, which you can read about more [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkel-Raute here]] on TheOtherWiki.[[/note]]

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-->Insert [[MemeticHandGesture Merkel Raute]] here.[[note]]She has a peculiar way of holding her hands in photographs, which you can read about more [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkel-Raute here]] on TheOtherWiki.Wiki/TheOtherWiki.[[/note]]


When she's portrayed in German media, the focus mostly lies on her perceived aversion to taking a solid political stance. In media from outside of Germany, her IronLady qualities (mostly in regards to UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion) and her apparent GermanicEfficiency are in the spotlight.




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* Naturally, she is a frequent target of both Series/Extra3 and the Series/HeuteShow.
* Creator/KateMcKinnon plays her in ''Weekend Update'' sketches on Series/SaturdayNightLive, playing up her GermanicEfficiency.
* Some episodes of Series/{{Walulis}} before and after the 2017 election were devoted to analysing her style of media appearance.


-->"Wir schaffen das!"[[note]]literally "We can do this!", said in response to criticisms that would not be able to house migrants during the ''Syrian Migrant Crisis''; that is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment all we say here]][[/note]]

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-->"Wir schaffen das!"[[note]]literally das!"[[note]]Literally "We can do this!", said in response to criticisms that Germany would not be able to house the amounts of migrants that were coming into the country during the ''Syrian Migrant Crisis''; Crisis''. And that is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment all we say here]][[/note]]
about that here]].[[/note]]

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-->"Wir schaffen das!"[[note]]literally "We can do this!", said in response to criticisms that would not be able to house migrants during the ''Syrian Migrant Crisis''; that is [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment all we say here]][[/note]]

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Angela Merkel (born 17th July [[TheFifties 1954]] in UsefulNotes/{{Hamburg}}) is the current chancellor of Germany. The [[IronLady first woman]] and first person from the former UsefulNotes/EastGermany to have the job.[[note]]Though she was born in Hamburg and moved to the GDR aged only a few weeks when her father became a pastor in Quitzow in Brandenburg[[/note]]

She [[BrainyBrunette is a Doctor of Physics]] (her Thesis was about ''quantum chemistry'') who moved into East German politics around the time of the [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp fall of the Berlin Wall]]; she was elected to the first, last, and only democratically-elected ''Volkskammer'' (parliament)[[note]]''literally "Chamber of the People"''[[/note]] of UsefulNotes/EastGermany before it dissolved.

Forbes lists her among the most powerful women in the world since 2006. In 2009, the Christian Democrats' traditional allies, the [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII Free Democrats (FDP; free-market liberals)]] picked up enough seats to allow Merkel to shed the [[UsefulNotes/GermanPoliticalPartiesAfterWorldWarII SPD]] and govern with their preferred partner; however, the FDP were ''completely wiped out'' in the 2013 elections, leaving another grand coalition the only workable alternative.

As Chancellor, she is known more for being (or at least trying to be) a [[BoringButPractical steady pair of hands]] at the helm (there are accusations that she's faltered, but some disagree, and [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment that's all we'll say on the matter]]), as opposed to the flashy media-genius of her predecessor. German Media tend to call her "Teflon-Merkel" (being a reactionist politician, accusations don't tend to stick, it's her ministers that fuck up usually), or "Mutti" (mommy, her party-intern nickname).

In 2013, Americans started hearing her name in the news a lot, since it was revealed the American spy agencies were spying on her cell phone and her Internet searches, along with her heavy involvement in the Greek bailout negotiations. Despite an initially rough start, she managed to forge a very close working-relationship with UsefulNotes/BarackObama, who - at the end of his presidency - called her "his closest partner".

Merkel also became the West's chief negotiator with Putin over the Ukraine, together with [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidentsOfFrance French president Hollande]] she helped brokering the Minsk ceasefire agreement. In general, it has often been noted that Germany under Angela Merkel has become more proactive on the European stage, with her often been called the continents de facto leader with all its' implications.

In 2015, she surprised watchers by stating that Germany would accept Syrian refugees who were stranded in Hungary, which was interpreted by many as an invitation for refugees who were not yet in Europe. As of June 2016, Germany has received 1,600,000 refugees; [[PetTheDog an action]] that won over many of her former critics, but also weakened her domestic support once it became clear how big of a task the integration of so many refugees would be.

In the 2017 election both her own CDU and coalition partner SPD lost a lot of votes prompting the SPD to announce leaving the coalition (although it would still command a majority of seats in the Bundestag), leading to speculations about the first ever "Jamaica" coalition of FDP, [=CDU/CSU=] and Greens on the federal level. The negotiations quickly fell apart with FDP leader Christian Lindner stating the often parodied "[[MemeticMutation Es ist besser nicht zu regieren als falsch zu regieren]]"[[note]]Rather not govern at all than govern wrongly[[/note]] leading to [[HereWeGoAgain another Grand Coalition]], the third under chancellor Merkel and the fourth on federal level.

!!Fictional appearences of Angela Merkel:
*Tracey Ullman plays a version of her on ''Tracey Breaks The News''.
*She is a regular part of the Series/{{Nockherberg}}.

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-->Insert [[MemeticHandGesture Merkel Raute]] here.[[note]]She has a peculiar way of holding her hands in photographs, which you can read about more [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merkel-Raute here]] on TheOtherWiki.[[/note]]

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