On July 17, 1954, Angela Kasnar was born in Hamburg, a metropolis in the northern part of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Cold War has fully broken out, and Germany, the defeated country of World War II, split into two and became the forefront of the Cold War. It was seven years before the Berlin Wall was built, which meant that citizens living in the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the GDR (East Germany) also had the freedom to move to another Germany. Because Germany’s industrial base was basically located in the Federal Republic of Germany before World War II, the economic starting point of West Germany was higher than that of East Germany; and because many people were more enamored of the American capitalist system in the comparison of systems, there was an eastward shift between the two Germanys. West’s wave of immigration. In the year Angela was born, a total of 180,000 people left the socialist East Germany and settled in the Federal Republic of Germany. Only a few West Germans moved against the current for political beliefs or family reasons. Angela’s father, Holst Kasnar, is one of them.
However, he made this decision not for family reasons, because the relatives of the Cassner family are basically in the Federal Republic of Germany; he said that political beliefs are not marginal, because he is the pastor of the Protestant church, and the Marxist atheism prevailing in East Germany It doesn’t touch boundaries. Although the church was marginalized in East Germany, it was not deprived of space for survival. Therefore, Pastor Kasnar was actually sent to the east by the Archbishop of Hamburg to open up a base. His role is really difficult to define. He was definitely not infiltrating the enemy, because he did not regard East Germany as an enemy; on the contrary, he frequently attacked West Germany’s capitalism, and he even disliked the CDU led by his daughter in the future.
At that time, the East German Church was divided into two factions. One faction advocated to be the political opposition of the East German government; the other faction believed that GDR could be improved from within, and the mission of the church was to add humanitarianism to it. Kasnar clearly belongs to the second camp. Since he is not an enemy of the system, he has become a marginal person enjoying certain privileges. For example, he can subscribe to books from the West at will, and he can go abroad. Angela became one of the few girls in the class who wore western jeans.
Apart from having a soft spot for jeans, Angela doesn’t care about his appearance. She didn’t have the beauty of attracting boys, so she devoted herself to reading, with excellent grades. She can be said to be the opposite of “simple mind and well-developed limbs”. Her brain capacity is higher than the average of her peers, but she scorns all sports. According to her own recollection, she must make a clear calculation for all errands that require running errands, and don’t take one more step, or simply leave it to her brother to do it. As the daughter of a pastor, she is not considered as Gen Zhengmiaohong, but because she learned from her father the ability not to be a thorny rose, she was loved by the teacher and was recommended to the Department of Physics at Leipzig University-which is equivalent to Tsinghua University. Department of Physics.
During college, she met her first husband-Ulrich Merkel. What’s interesting is that although this marriage only lasted for a few years, she still retains her ex-husband’s name. Maybe she wants to keep her distance away from her father. Pastor Kasnar is not interested in the Federal Republic of Germany, and has reservations about her daughter joining the CDU during the reunification of Germany. In 2005, he refused to attend the inauguration ceremony of his daughter’s prime minister, which shows that he is a stubborn old man.
Merkel is the eighth chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and is tied with Kohl as the longest-serving chancellor. She was the first female Chancellor, the most successful politician in Germany, and the most unknown leader among Germans. Even her biographer Geert Langut can’t help but admit that Merkel is a mystery, especially her past. The archives of the Ministry of National Security could not find information about Merkel. Some people say that she used to work as an informal staff member of the Ministry of National Security. She herself told the biographer that when she was in college, someone from the Ministry of National Security really wanted to develop her, but she declined it. To be sure, Merkel served as a propaganda committee member of the Free German Youth League at the university. She said lightly that her mission was to issue movie tickets.
After graduating from university, Merkel was assigned to a research institute in Berlin to study basic physics. Although she worked hard, she was also a little bored. The road is long and long, and this future female prime minister feels that she is not a person willing to seek for life. Therefore, when she learned of the fall of the Berlin Wall, she suddenly smelled an opportunity to change her way of life.
At that time, new parties in eastern Germany sprung up like mushrooms, and all parties in West Germany also went to East Germany to tap their potential. Who are you going to follow? After changing to our ordinary people, we will compare the opinions of these political parties to see which party is the closest to our own political ideas, and then go to the organization. This is why ordinary people cannot be prime ministers. According to her friends, Merkel’s political views are close to the Green Party, but in the end she chose the conservative party, the Christian Democratic League, as her political hometown. Only she knows the reason for this. Later development proved that Merkel’s choice was completely correct. Her rocket-like rise is unprecedented in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. In August 1990, she formally became a member of the CDU, and soon asked for an introduction to the then CDU chairman and prime minister Cole. The general election of that year was postponed from autumn to December because of the reunification of Germany and Germany. Kohl, who had already lost his momentum, has the chance to take advantage of the unification of Germany. After formalizing the unification procedures in October, Cole began to consider how to reflect the unified Germany when forming the cabinet. He knew only a limited number of East German party members, and he soon thought of the shy woman with bangs and eyebrows. In November, Cole invited Merkel to the Chancellery in Bonn. The content of the conversation was unknown. On January 18, 1991, Merkel, who had joined the CDU for less than half a year, was sworn in as the Minister of Women and Youth in the first government after the reunification of the two Germanys. This is not a peaceful step, but a step up to the sky. In 1994, Cole, who won four consecutive championships, gave a large part-the Ministry of Environment to his “little girl.”
In 1998, Cole lost the election, and the Social Democrat Schroder organized a red and green government. Merkel got one of the few attractive positions in the opposition party-Secretary-General of the CDU, and the chairman of the party was succeeded by Schaeuble. In the second year, the scandal of the CDU donations came to light. Merkel wrote an article in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung at the end of the year and broke openly with Cole. As she revealed details that were unfavorable to Schaeuble in the article, she also pulled her immediate boss off the horse by the way. In April 2000, Merkel was elected chairman of the party at the CDU party congress. At this point, the ambitious male politicians in the CDU discovered what an unforgivable mistake to belittle “Cole’s Little Girl”. Next, she cleared the stumbling blocks on the way to the prime minister’s throne, the most famous of which was Friedrich Meltz, the chairman of the Parliamentary Caucus of the Coalition Party.
In 2004, Schroeder resigned as chairman of the Social Democratic Party because of pressure within the party to implement labor market reforms. At that time, the leader of the opposition party, Merkel, said sarcastically, how can a person who cannot control his own party continue to be prime minister. Fourteen years later, she herself fell into the same situation as Schroeder-on October 29, 2018, under pressure from within the party, she announced that she would not run for re-election as party chairman at the CDU party congress in December. When it was her turn, Merkel suddenly thought that these two positions didn’t have to be tied together. She said that she would make way for the rejuvenation of the party, so she would shed the burden of the party chairman, but the work of the prime minister would be completed by the end of this legislative period, which is 2021. In any case, her term as prime minister has entered a countdown.
Merkel’s political career has been in jeopardy for many times because of her refugee policy. Every time, she was able to save her life. Why did her big ship capsize in the small river ditch of the Hessen state election on October 28, 2018? Moreover, in that local election, although the CDU suffered heavy losses, it defended the position of governor after all, and Merkel had just announced that she would run for re-election at the party congress in December. This cannot fail to mention the Andean Covenant, a men’s alliance in the CDU.
Turning back to 1979, a CDU youth delegation visited South America. While enjoying the scenery of the Andes, they drank fine wine. After a few glasses of wine, 12 people worshiped their brothers, vowing to share difficulties, to share blessings, to support each other, and to climb the peak together. They have something in common: young and promising, ambitious, Catholic, and politically conservative. The membership of the covenant later grew to 17 people. They travel abroad secretly once a year and become the “party within the party.” Perhaps the members of the Andean Covenant are already full of talents, and perhaps their offensive and defensive alliance has indeed promoted the careers of the brothers. Sure enough, there are several powerful figures in the men’s alliance, such as Hessian governor Koch and Saar. State Governor Mueller, Governor of Lower Saxony Woolf, Minister of Defense Jung, Minister of Science and Technology Weissmann, European Commissioner Ottinger, and Chairman of the Parliamentary League of the Union Party Meltz. One of their most important rules is absolute confidentiality. In 2000, a Protestant and East German woman became the party chairman of the CDU because of the right time and place, making these men unable to sit still. In the 2002 general election, the Andean Pact successfully prevented Merkel from becoming the coalition party’s candidate for prime minister. The clever Merkel swallowed this breath for the time being, and fully supported the governor of Bavaria Stoiber, whom the male party members liked.
After Stoiber lost to Schroeder, the Iron Lady embarked on a revenge plan. It is said that it was Woolf who leaked the inside story of the Andean covenant to the female party leader. Merkel stabbed the secret to the media. In 2003, “Der Spiegel” Weekly revealed the secret of the Andean Covenant. The young politicians who are likely to compete with Merkel are dismissed one after another. Some revert to their old professions as lawyers, some go to companies as executives, some go to the Constitutional Court as judges, and some are sent to the European Union. The leaked Woolf persisted to the end and was evacuated to the throne of the president by the female prime minister, without any real power. The Prime Minister has fostered a group of cronies who are loyal to him. Their positions are all that the prime minister can withdraw, such as the secretary general of the CDU, the chairman of the parliamentary group of the coalition party, and the minister in the prime minister’s office equivalent to the general manager. This is the so-called Merkel system.
Merkel’s biggest enemy is Merz. He was once a rising star in politics with Merkel, and his ability and eloquence are above Merkel. Iron Lady was born in 2002 and robbed him of the post of chairman of the parliamentary caucus, and temporarily gave him the consolation prize of the first vice chairman, but embarrassed him everywhere. In 2009, Meltz bid farewell to politics, and lost the soul members of the Andean Covenant, which was then dead in name. After the outbreak of the refugee crisis, Merz, who has been in the business world like a duck, has repeatedly criticized Merkel’s policies. In March 2018, although he was not a member of the Andean Covenant, Schaeuble, the speaker of the Bundestag, who was also “a bitter and bitter”, “rebelled” with Melz, Koch, and Ottinger. The time was the election of the state of Hessen. Later. Together, they persuaded Meltz to come back and compete for the chairmanship of the CDU at the party congress in December. This alliance of men opened the prelude to the end of the Merkel era. However, Meltz did not fully realize the “coup” plan-in the election of the party chairman, he was 35 votes less than Kremp Karenbauer (total votes are 999).
What is the political legacy of Merkel? During her 18-year term as party chairman, she turned the conservative CDU into a center-left party and became the second Social Democratic Party. Although she lost a large number of traditional voters in her party, she also put the opponents (Social Democratic Party) voters into hibernation, which shrank the two traditional parties at the same time, and she was determined to put the prime minister’s throne on. When she discovered that the waning Social Democratic Party was no longer a reliable partner, she began to cater to the Green Party. From the energy transition, gay marriage to refugee policy, the prime minister has frequently secretly sent to the Green Party. Since several federal states in which the Green Party participates in governance play a pivotal role in the Federal Senate, it is not an exaggeration to say that the Green Party has actually participated in governance over the years.
While sacrificing the core values of the CDU one by one, the refugee policy implemented since 2015 has also changed Germany beyond recognition. In order not to admit her mistakes, Merkel has always used the Asylum Act as a shield. The secret documents of the Ministry of the Interior exposed in November 2018 show that as early as November 2015, judicial experts of the Ministry believed that the border closure was not only entirely possible, but also did not violate any German and EU laws.