FIRST WOMAN GERMAN CHANCELLOR
By Brigadier Chitranjan Sawant,VSMAngela Merkel is the name of the most powerful woman of Germany. The political punditswere surprised at her meteoric rise in the German political firmament. When she sentHelmut Kohl, the most powerful Chancellor in post-war Germany packing home, her politicaladversaries in her own party were overawed. The giant killer earned respect as a formerprovincial dowdy woman with a poor dress sense who made it to the top. Little diddetractors realise that Angela Merkel, a childless divorcee who carried surname of her firsthusband, is out and out a pragmatist and knew which way the wind was blowing.Born in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany, her father moved the family to a smalltown in East Germany where he was appointed a Pastor in a Protestant church. Her familybackground helped her become the first Protestant Chancellor who broke the malemonopoly of Roman Catholics from West Germany. She married a second time and herhusband Joachim Sauer is a Chemistry Professor in Berlin. They have no children. She is acommitted politician and a devoted housewife.What is it that makes Angela Merkel so successful in the high brow male dominated politicalworld. Well, it is her devotion to duty and determination to achieve the goal. Shedetermines the AIM and maintains her aim so that she knows how to go about achieving theaim. Criticism of detractors does not bother her except that she doubles her effort to reachthe goal surmounting hurdles on the way. It is not the dress or the facial makeover thatmatters to her, it is the ability to do for the country what her countrymen expect of her.As a Chancellor of Germany elected to the office in 2005 with a wafer thin majority, AngelaMerkel won the hearts and minds of her compatriots by her hard work and spectacularresults in ameliorating the hardships of the common man. She successfully steered Germanyout of the notorious economic recession and made the German economy the biggest inEurope leaving erstwhile economic giants way behind. In the European Union she came tobe known as a high achiever and one who solved the vexatious problems in an amicablemanner. When in trouble, other European nations looked up to her to lend a helping handand find solutions to problems of gigantic nature.