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Matvienko called Merkel's departure the end of an era in world politics

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MOSCOW, 29 Sep. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will go down in history, and her departure from this post is the end of an era, Federation Council Chairwoman Valentina Matvienko told RIA Novosti. She will go down in history as a respected and responsible politician and, undoubtedly, with a plus sign. in the history of world politics, “she said. In Berlin, they hung posters with Merkel's trademark gesture According to Matvienko, the Germans will miss “Frau Merkel”, who for 16 years headed the German government. “It seems to me that during this time she was able to form her own recognizable style of politics, and this is not given to everyone. This style is understandable, consistent,” said the speaker of the Federation Council. At the same time, she stressed, over the years of Merkel's leadership in Germany and in Europe, and in the world as a whole, a “critical mass” of changes has accumulated, the context has gradually changed, and with it the agenda. “It is even difficult to compare the conditions in which she entered politics and in which she leaves her,” Matvienko said. partners, says the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko. “Catastrophe” for Merkel's party. Germany presented a surprise “She entered politics as a statesman, who is the embodiment of prudence, common sense, a supporter of the preservation of international law and rejection in any form, in any form of rehabilitation of Nazism,” she told RIA Novosti. At the same time, according to the speaker Federation Council, Merkel managed to combine what is not easy for any politician – responsibility and predictability, on the one hand, and on the other, faith in her ideals and readiness to defend them. She, of course, is fully inherent. And I would also like to note – she always tried to show maximum respect for her partners, “- said Matvienko.” The gray pearl of Germany “Angela Merkel 1 of 18

The first female chancellor, the youngest head of the German government, the first leader with a science education – all this is Angela Merkel.

She took up the position of Federal Chancellor on November 22, 2005. She was re-elected to this post in 2005, 2009 and 2013.

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She took up the position of Federal Chancellor on November 22, 2005. She was re-elected to this post in 2005, 2009 and 2013.

Irremovability of power is not typical for Western Europe. And yet, Merkel's decision not to run for president of the CDU, and therefore not to participate in the struggle for the chancellor's chair, sounded like a bolt from the blue.

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Irremovability of power is not typical for Western Europe. And yet, Merkel's decision not to run for president of the CDU, and therefore not to participate in the struggle for the chancellor's chair, sounded like a bolt from the blue.

Under Merkel, Germany became the economic and political locomotive of the EU, and Berlin became the political capital of Europe, pushing aside Brussels, Paris and London. It is no secret that many people find this annoying.

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Under Merkel, Germany became the economic and political locomotive of the EU, and Berlin became the political capital of Europe, pushing aside Brussels, Paris and London. It is no secret that many people find this annoying.

Forbes magazine has repeatedly called the German Chancellor the most influential woman in world politics, “as Mrs. Merkel has done many outstanding deeds, and they directly relate to her role in Europe and in the world.”

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Forbes magazine has repeatedly called the German Chancellor the most influential woman in world politics, “as Mrs. Merkel has done many outstanding deeds, and they directly relate to her role in Europe and in the world.”

In the German media, Merkel has been called “the chancellor of foreign affairs” given the importance she attaches to international contacts and EU politics.

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In the German media, Merkel has been called “the chancellor of foreign affairs” given the importance she attaches to international contacts and EU politics.

Meanwhile, in her youth, nothing promised Angela the future of an influential politician. She graduated from the physics department of the Karl Marx University of Leipzig, defended her dissertation and plunged into science.

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Meanwhile, in her youth, nothing promised Angela the future of an influential politician. She graduated from the physics department of the Karl Marx University of Leipzig, defended her dissertation and plunged into science.

Merkel entered big politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall and in a matter of years made a dizzying career.

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Merkel entered big politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall and in a matter of years made a dizzying career.

Merkel was born in the German Democratic Republic and admitted in an interview that she had some “Soviet habits” for the rest of her life. “The craving for accumulation of stocks is deeply rooted in me and is explained by the fact that in conditions of a shortage, people bought everything,” she said.

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Merkel was born in the German Democratic Republic and admitted in an interview that she had some “Soviet habits” for the rest of her life. “The craving for accumulation of stocks is deeply rooted in me and is explained by the fact that in conditions of a shortage, people bought everything,” she said.

The Chancellor's style is extremely simple and restrained: plain jackets and trouser suits, no rings or earrings.

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The Chancellor's style is extremely simple and restrained: plain jackets and trouser suits, no rings or earrings.

The Germans fell in love with Frau Chancellor for “the modest charm of an ordinary woman.” Merkel told reporters that in her free time she likes to cook potato soup and meat rolls, go shopping, grow vegetables.

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The Germans fell in love with Frau Chancellor for “the modest charm of an ordinary woman.” Merkel told reporters that in her free time she likes to cook potato soup and meat rolls, go shopping, grow vegetables.

Opponents recklessly consider it soft – and fall into a trap. One of the German magazines at the beginning of the reign called Merkel “the gray pearl of Germany.”

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Opponents recklessly consider it soft – and fall into a trap. One of the German magazines at the beginning of the reign called Merkel “the gray pearl of Germany.”

Merkel was also at the center of scandals. For example, when she supported the US campaign in Iraq. Or when the thunder broke out due to American surveillance: only the lazy did not criticize the Chancellor for allowing him to spy on the Germans.

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Merkel was also at the center of scandals. For example, when she supported the US campaign in Iraq. Or when the thunder broke out due to American surveillance: only the lazy did not criticize the Chancellor for allowing him to spy on the Germans.

The weakening of Merkel's position is associated with the decision to open borders to refugees in 2015. The announcement that Germany would pursue an open door policy was initially received with enthusiasm by the Germans. However, the mood quickly changed.

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The weakening of Merkel's position is associated with the decision to open borders to refugees in 2015. The announcement that Germany would pursue an open door policy was initially received with enthusiasm by the Germans. However, the mood quickly changed.

In 2017, the CDU showed its worst result since 1949 in the general election. Merkel responded by saying that she “does not know what should have been done differently.”

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In 2017, the CDU showed its worst result since 1949 in the general election. Merkel responded by saying that she “does not know what should have been done differently.”

The German media more than once predicted the Chancellor's imminent resignation, the decline of his political career, reported about the “rebellion against Merkel” and the fall of her rating.

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The German media more than once predicted the Chancellor's imminent resignation, the decline of his political career, reported about the “rebellion against Merkel” and the fall of her rating.

Angela Merkel has repeatedly found herself in difficult situations, but she always managed to get out of them with her head held high.

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Angela Merkel has repeatedly found herself in difficult situations, but she always managed to get out of them with her head held high.

Political analysts are sure: it is too early to write off the chancellor, she will influence German politics, even if she does not hold any posts.

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Political analysts are sure: it is too early to write off the chancellor, she will influence German politics, even if she does not hold any posts.

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The first female chancellor, the youngest head of the German government, the first leader with a science education – all this is Angela Merkel.

2 of 18

She took up the position of Federal Chancellor on November 22, 2005. She was re-elected to this post in 2005, 2009 and 2013.

3 of 18

Irremovability of power is not typical for Western Europe. And yet, Merkel's decision not to run for president of the CDU, and therefore not to participate in the struggle for the chancellor's chair, sounded like a bolt from the blue.

4 of 18

Under Merkel, Germany became the economic and political locomotive of the EU, and Berlin became the political capital of Europe, pushing aside Brussels, Paris and London. It is no secret that many people find this annoying.

5 of 18

Forbes magazine has repeatedly called the German Chancellor the most influential woman in world politics, “as Mrs. Merkel has done many outstanding deeds, and they directly relate to her role in Europe and in the world.”

6 of 18

In the German media, Merkel has been called “the chancellor of foreign affairs” given the importance she attaches to international contacts and EU politics.

7 of 18

Meanwhile, in her youth, nothing promised Angela the future of an influential politician. She graduated from the physics department of the Karl Marx University of Leipzig, defended her dissertation and plunged into science.

8 of 18

Merkel entered big politics after the fall of the Berlin Wall and in a matter of years made a dizzying career.

9 of 18

Merkel was born in the German Democratic Republic and admitted in an interview that she had some “Soviet habits” for the rest of her life. “The craving for accumulation of stocks is deeply rooted in me and is explained by the fact that in conditions of a shortage, people bought everything,” she said.

10 of 18

The Chancellor's style is extremely simple and restrained: plain jackets and trouser suits, no rings or earrings.

11 from 18

The Germans fell in love with Frau Chancellor for “the modest charm of an ordinary woman.” Merkel told reporters that in her free time she likes to cook potato soup and meat rolls, go shopping, grow vegetables.

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Opponents recklessly consider it soft – and fall into a trap. One of the German magazines at the beginning of the reign called Merkel “the gray pearl of Germany.”

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Merkel was also at the center of scandals. For example, when she supported the US campaign in Iraq. Or when the thunder broke out due to American surveillance: only the lazy did not criticize the Chancellor for allowing him to spy on the Germans.

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The weakening of Merkel's position is associated with the decision to open borders to refugees in 2015. The announcement that Germany would pursue an open door policy was initially received with enthusiasm by the Germans. However, the mood quickly changed.

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In 2017, the CDU showed its worst result since 1949 in the general election. Merkel responded by saying that she “does not know what should have been done differently.”

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The German media more than once predicted the Chancellor's imminent resignation, the decline of his political career, reported about the “rebellion against Merkel” and the fall of her rating.

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Angela Merkel has repeatedly found herself in difficult situations, but she always managed to get out of them with her head held high.

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Political analysts are sure that it is too early to write off the chancellor, she will influence German politics, even if she does not hold any posts.

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