Pokerface Merkel…

30 Jun

Did you know that Angela Merkel has been considered as the most powerful woman of the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009?! There are some news about the German chancellor which are a bit astonoshing at first. I am going to revise how Angela Merkel is presented by the media and what people think about her manner.

First of all, it is very interesting to know that Angela Merkel is a person who really should know how to interact with the media. In 1990 she has been the press relations officer of the party “Democratic Departure”. This party constituted in 1989 and has been an oppositional party in East Germany. Even if this has been at about 15 years ago when Merkel became chancellor in 2005, one can’t deny her experiences from this time on concerning the media. Maybe among other things, this could be a reason why the German newspaper Die Zeit suggests that Merkel is very decent in her own presentation in the media. She has been very reluctant during the election campaign in 2009 and “let the others work and dispute” while she has been containing herself when it has been about the most important questions like the raise of the taxes.

In an article of the German magazine Der Spiegel there has been an articel about the “covert media chancellor” – she seems to control her presentation on the media very strictly.

In an other article it is affirmed that the chancellor belongs to the most contradictorily presented female politicians. Even if there are various portraits of her person,

“nobody knows who Angela Merkel is and which political ideas she really stands for.”

But maybe this “strategy” could not be detected  in America – The Washington Post mentioned her as “an example of leadership”. During her speech in front of the US- Congress in November 2009 Merkel has been interrupted at about 20 times by the applaus of the deputies and has been lauded for herperformance. She thanked the USA for the partnership between Germany and the US.

To sum up, in Germany Merkel of course has her adherents, without them she would not have been reelected in 2009. But in spite of that there are some doubts about her appearance: she seems to be chary in her media presence and gives a more serious than casual impression. She is accused of hiding behind inexplicit argumentation. Maybe this can be related to her formerly profession as a press relation officer. She knows how to present in media. Nevertehless our first female chancellor and the most powerful woman of the recent years can be sure about a high esteem in foreign countries especially in the US.

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5 Responses to “Pokerface Merkel…”

  1. Lena June 30, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    I really like this entry because I think the topic is very interesting. I did not know that Merkel was press relations officer. I think she presents herself in the media very well and when I see her on TV I think she is a nice person. But when I think about what she presents and where she stands for, I could not say that she is such convinced and tightened in her opinions. She is not as enthusiastic as other politicians are.
    In the media she does not show this. And so I think you are right, she has a pokerface 😉

  2. Katharina Alfs July 1, 2010 at 5:01 pm #

    Your whole blog is one of my favourite ones! 🙂
    What I like most is that you put lots of pictures in it and also hyperlinks where we can get information about the topic.
    You did a well job in informing us about the way Obama and Merkel try to become more popular and that they are completely different characters.
    It is very true that Angela Merkel presents herself very seriously in the media, even if sometimes she tries to be funny. ^^ But I agree with your impression that she has got a pokerface in some way because everything she does seems to be planned and less spontaneously.
    Great job! 🙂

  3. captainglassfiber July 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm #

    It was anice article Sandra , I like the way you blog!:)
    Merkel is in my opinion a woman who is just not photogenic. Everytime she tries to please the audience she looks ridiculous, like the photo of that dress where her boops fell out of her bra.Everyb0ody laughed at her. It `s of course a pity but it would be all forgiven if she would do a policy that wouldn`t be at least that ridiculous.
    What I find astonishing is that Merkel is somehow more popular in the USA. I would really like to find out why..
    Well done!

    • Simone July 4, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

      Very interesting topic! I also did not know that Merkel was press relations officer. For me, she always appeared a little bit unskillful in front of the camera and in the media and I would never have think about her in such a position before.
      Furthermore, it’s somehow strange that such a famous person that has to stand always in the spotlight of attention hides her private life so much. There is so little known about her life that I’m really interested in how she does manage it.
      Nice Blog!

  4. Jennifer Grigo July 5, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Thank you very much for your great blog project! It is very interesting, because it is entertaining and informative at the same time. Especially this post about Merkel’s “pokerface” was surprising to me, because I didn’t know that she is that popular in the media before. It is interesting that you show many sides of both, Obama and Merkel, that I didn’t before, because it gives a better overview of what reality is like and what impressions we personally got throughout the media and that is often very different from the reality. I hope you enjoyed writing these posts as much as I enjoyed reading them.

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