I am going to follow Sandra’s lead – I will go through the blogosphere finding out what the bloggers say about Angela Merkel. On the one hand, it is of course the media, especially newspapers and TV, that gives us in a way a “prepackaged” image about the politicians. But on the other hand, we can read blogs where it is just the people who can state what they think and by that sometimes we are animated to see the things from different aspects. Why do Merkel’s adherents like her and what do their opponents dislike. Additionally, one can fnd out what people from foreign countries think, which is very interesting and might give new thinkings as well.
It was very interesting to see about how many different topics bloggers advice their opinions concerning Angela Merkel. I have found different articles about some mysterious things about her past, her actual way of shaping policy and the process of her “career” as chancellor.
In a blog from the Readers Edition there is an article that deals with one period of Merkels past. I states that Merkel once has been an official of the “Free German Youth” (in german: FDJ) concerning propanganda and agitation. The FDJ has been a socialistic youth organisation in the former German Democratic Republic. It is criticized that thereby she has supported a system that was braking with human rights. She didn’t breake with the rules of the GDR and stayed true to its principles. Not the best basis for being a chancellor and by that leader of a democratic state. The blogger named her a chameleon which adapts its environment.
In two other blogposts it is even stated that she has been a member of the state security service of the GDR, the Stasi and her code name has been IM Erika. It sounds like a complot, who knows if it’s true or not. I just know that I have never heard about that. And the blogger says:
Let’s stop with the mystery about Merkel. I will dwell on some blogs that deal with the actual problem of the financial crisis which is a vivid discussed topic in the blogosphere. “Merkel goes from Glorys to Disgrace” is an article that compares Merkel’s political manner after her election 2005 over her title of the most powerful woman of the recent years to her actual reputation: “disliked at home and increasingly isolated and even reviled abroad”. Very hard words. She is critized for “being too focused on German national interests”. So is she really disliked “at home”? In a german polticial blog, the Sprengsatz, the blogger talks in his article “The Greek in us” about the exaggerated boast of the Germans and describes the german politicains and parties as desolate. He doesn’t attack Angela Merkel but the whole political manner in Germany. In another german blog Merkel is called “Miss Europe”, a strong personality who is devoid of clarity and decision.
Again, Merkels “Pokerface” and “Pokermanner”is the focus of the peoples’ views. After her election she has made an impression on the world and she has been expected to keep it. But in hard times like now it’s also hard times for Angela Merkel. The people want her to do more: to state more openness and clarification. Angela Merkel doesn’t drop her pants at all – we have to pull them off!