A (Very) Brief Look at Angela Merkel’s Chancellorship

As a Merkel-led Germany comes to a close and a new beginning is on the horizon, it seems fitting to take a brief look at Merkel’s life and political career. In this episode we discuss select moments Angela Merkel’s life and career, highlighting both her accomplishments and shortcomings.

Show Notes

DW Documentary: Angela Merkel Navigating a World in Crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJLzd8EK__g (English); https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qnj8CyPllfk (German)

Angela Merkel (Wikipedia): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel (English); https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angela_Merkel (German)

Angela Merkel and Climate (Deutsche Welle): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4FIzYET53E

Angela Merkel Named Time’s Person of the Year—the First Woman Since 1986 (Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/09/angela-merkel-time-magazine-person-of-the-year-2015  

NPR As Germany’s Merkel Steps Down, Those Who Guided Her Into Politics Remember Her by Rob Schmitz: https://www.npr.org/2021/09/24/1040032883/angela-merkel-legacy-germany-election

Germany and Digitalization: Why Can’t Europe’s Richest Country Get Up to Speed? (Deutsche Welle): https://www.dw.com/en/germany-and-digitalization-why-cant-europes-richest-country-get-up-to-speed/a-58273979

How the Refugee Crisis Created Two Myths of Angela Merkel by Daniel Trilling (Guardian): https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2021/sep/21/refugee-crisis-two-myths-angela-merkel

Social Democrats Have Narrowly Beaten Merkel’s Party (New York Times): https://www.nytimes.com/live/2021/09/26/world/german-elections

7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Angela Merkel: https://www.iamexpat.de/expat-info/german-expat-news/7-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-angela-merkel

Podcast Host
About the Author
Cynthia Nielsen has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of North Florida, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas, and is currently an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Dallas. She is known for her expertise in the field of philosophical hermeneutics (focusing especially on the work of Hans-Georg Gadamer), the philosophy of music, aesthetics, and the philosophy of race. In addition to gardening, she enjoys learning languages and is especially interested in German language and culture.

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