Author(s): Stefan Kornelius
With the Eurozone engulfed in an unprecedented crisis, one political figure looms largest of all, Angela Merkel, the leader of its most powerful economy. While foreign affairs have become the central issues of her chancellorship in this crucial election year, the entire world is anxiously looking to Germany to play its part in Europe's rescue. This authorized biography sheds light on the person behind the politician - from her youthful days of hitchhiking in Tbilisi to being the guest of honour at a White House state dinner - and examines how a girl from East Germany rose to the highest echelons of European power. As well as explaining how Angela Merkel's world view was shaped and influenced by her background and ideology, Stefan Kornelius's lively account discusses her personal relations with international counterparts such as David Cameron, Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin, as well as her attitude towards the countries and cultures over which they rule.
"[Stefan Kornelius] gives a compelling description of how Merkel operates - and is particularly good on the thinking behind her step-by-step response to the euro crisis." TLS "A biography about foreign policy and Merkel's political decision-making process... Kornelius, whose career as a journalist tailgated hers since 1989, proves an illuminating guide." - The Guardian "Kornelius helps to bring Merkel to life." - The Times "In his authorized biography, Stefan Kornelius... helps explain how a taciturn physicist from east Germany became such a towering figure in European politics and one of the world's most influential women." - The Financial Times
Stefan Kornelius was born in 1966 and is head of the foreign policy department of Suddeutsche Zeitung. He met Merkel for the first time in 1989 in East Berlin when she was the Speaker of the Democratic Awakening. Later Kornelius was a correspondent in Bonn where he was responsible for the CDU party, and where Merkel was a minister in Kohl's Cabinet and served as an important source for Kornelius. After years working as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Kornelius returned to Berlin 1999 - just in time for the CDU funding scandal and Merkel's rise to the head of CDU party. Since 2000 Kornelius has been responsible for foreign policy reporting and is in close contact with the Chancellor and her main advisers.
CONTENTS Merkelmania The Chancellor's New Power 3 Another World A Sheltered Life in the GDR 13 In Search of New Frontiers Breaking into Politics 45 Questions of Belief What Makes Merkel Tick? 61 Necessary Evils The Chancellor and Her Coalitions 85 Pacific Dreams Yearning for the USA 105 On the Defensive Angela Merkel and War 137 The Light of Zion The Fascination of Israel 157 Russia and Putin: Parallel Lives A Much Loved Country, a Difficult President 181 Business or Conviction A Conflict of Systems with China 189 The Great Crisis Angela Merkel's Battle for Europe 199 The British Problem Keep Them in 257 The Prospects for Merkel? The Post-Political Chancellor 269