She is the most popular person in Germany. According to polls, he could have extended his power for a fifth term. I’m not sure about that, but in any case, it will be difficult to fit Angela Merkel’s shoes (2005-2021). He spent 16 years as Chancellor (Prime Minister) at the head of the CDU, the party of German Christian Democrats. Every young man under 24 years of age only remembers her at the head of the State.
Konrad Adenauer ruled 14 years (1949-1963). He had to organize the country after the Second World War, collect the rubble caused by Nazism, bury the dead and create the bases of European unity together with the Frenchman Robert Shuman.
It is true that he had the cooperation of Ludwig Erhard, the man of the “German miracle”, his Minister of Economy, a liberal -in the European sense of the term-, a member of the “Mont Pelerin Society”, who had the genius to call him to the a model that would implant a “social market economy”, dislodging the social democrats who were contesting it for power. In fact, as he tells in his book “Welfare for all”, they were liberal solutions to the problems that were arising.
The other great German figure in the 20th century was Helmut Kohl, the architect of the reunification of the two Germany, and the man who was at the forefront of Europe’s first economy at the time the Soviet Union disappeared. I remember, as if it were today, Kohl assuring that reunification would take place in 10 years, but events were precipitated by a chain of unpredictable mistakes.
In short, if Adenauer had the great challenge of rebuilding a Germany thoroughly destroyed after World War II, Kohl had the honor of democratically absorbing Communist Germany and making dramatic economic and political decisions, almost always correct. Kohl also ruled for 16 years (1982-1998), and if he did not continue in office it was because of the “Flick” case, a corruption scandal that reached all the Bundestag parties (and had consequences in Spain) due to illegal financing of political groups in exchange for a millionaire tax exemption for the benefit of Mr. Friedrich Karl Flick.
Why is Angela Merkel among the three most important people in contemporary German political life, alongside Adenauer and Kohl? Because he realized that Germany and the world, including the United States, had changed, and he not only accepted these alterations as a historical fatality, but as a source of opportunity for all.
I explain. The CDU had been, from its beginnings, a liberal party, but little by little, imperceptibly, after the disappearance of Marxism as an alternative to the market economy and the existence of private property, a new axis of confrontation between diversity and uniformity.
This new quarrel had different manifestations.
There was a choice between accepting the immigrants willingly or denying them entry. Merkel had the audacity to open her arms to more than a million Syrians without fear of the Islam they professed, while Hungary and other European countries closed their doors to them in the name of a racial and cultural purity that was unsustainable and contrary to nature. of the times in which we live.
It was very important to recognize that the “Greens” were right in some of their campaigns. Angela Merkel took advantage of the Japanese nuclear accident Fukushima I in 2011 to give the very expensive order to close all German nuclear plants within a decade and replace them with much less dangerous formulas to generate energy: wind, photovoltaic, even the revolutionary neutrinovoltaic in those with Germany leading the way in experimentation.
It had to be admitted that sexual drives were not limited to the binary system that had prevailed until then, qualifying any other preference as “sin” or “madness”. Lesbians, homosexuals, bisexuals, transsexuals et al, formed minorities with rights that had to be recognized.
Ms Merkel, after confirming that the majority of the CDU, her party, would vote a law in the Bundestag that would protect these rights, gave them freedom on a strictly moral issue, although she had other criteria, thereby demonstrating an exceptional liberal spirit.
The topic for debate was adoption. In this new environment that was being formed, it was absurd to limit the family nuclei that could be formed to the male-female couple. In that sense, the superstition that only happy children could be raised in two-parent households made up of men and women was very damaging.
As there was (or not) the impulse to motherhood and fatherhood beyond sexual preferences, in Germany and other parts of the world legislation was finally accepted that accepted single-parent households or households made up of two women or two men in the face of evidence of that a unique type of parents was not required to achieve the happiness of the children.
Today the Bundestag is a good example of the diversity that prevails in Germany. If Hitler were to be resurrected, he would die of a heart attack before Armand Zorn, a black man who came from Cameroon at the age of 12 who represents a district of Frankfurt, or Omid Nouripur from Iran, who reached 13 from his country, has been elected by another district of the same city. Or two very happy transgender deputies of their selection. We live in a different world. That is why Angela Merkel is very important. Long live diversity!
Published in elblogdemontaner.com Sunday, October 3, 2021.
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