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.