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“In poli­tics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman.” (Mar­ga­ret That­cher)

Frau Dr. Ange­la Doro­thea Mer­kel was sworn into office yes­ter­day as Ger­many’s first fema­le chan­cellor (or chan­cello­ret­te as quo­ted in ano­t­her blog) and alrea­dy made her first offi­cal trip to Paris and Bru­xel­les to recon­firm this spe­cial rela­ti­ons­hip bet­ween Fran­ce, Ger­ma­ny and the EU. 

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Now, blog­ging on poli­tics often car­ri­es a cer­tain punch­li­ne some­whe­re and the­re sure is a lot of amu­sing stuff alrea­dy on this woman and her new team of minis­ters (as pic­tu­red). Be it her ever chan­ging loo­ks (read: hairstyle), her shy hus­band (who reminds us of Denis That­cher among other par­al­lels like the sci­en­ti­fic back­ground) or even her child­hood in the for­mer GDR, which appar­ent­ly for­med her in one way or ano­t­her.
I think a lot of peop­le in Ger­ma­ny actual­ly like the big coali­ti­on bet­ween the CDU, CSU (right-wing) and the SPD (some­whe­re in the midd­le wing) that enab­led this new government and I do of cour­se hope that the other, smal­ler oppo­si­ti­on par­ties will take a big chan­ce to add their con­struc­ti­ve cri­ticsm.
And just as much as I would like to make more fun of all this and open­ly laugh about Frau Mer­kel’s clum­sy appearan­ces, I would like to point out that it’s good to have a fema­le chan­cellor in this world of sen­si­ti­ve, neu­ro­tic male poli­ti­ci­ans. I never voted for her, but I am hap­py that she made it nevertheless.

The alter­na­ti­ve would have bored me to death, I think. :-) 

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