Report: German Merkel plans political autobiography

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel laughs as she receives flowers from the new German Chancellor-elect Olaf Scholz during a handover ceremony at the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. (Photo / Markus Schreiber)

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel laughs as she receives flowers from the new German Chancellor-elect Olaf Scholz during a handover ceremony at the Chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. (Photo / Markus Schreiber)

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Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to write an autobiographical book explaining her most important political decisions, German media said on Friday citing a close aide.

Merkel, 67, handed over the chancellery to her successor Olaf Scholz on Wednesday after 16 years in almost record-breaking power. She has not run for a fifth term and has not disclosed her future plans, although she has said in the past that she will not seek another political post.

Longtime Merkel office manager Beate Baumann told the Der Spiegel news weekly that Merkel “doesn’t want to tell her whole life story. She would like to explain her central political decisions in her own words and with reference to her course in life. “

Baumann said the book is envisioned as a two to three year project and does not yet have a publisher, according to Der Spiegel.

“The Chancellor and I are sure that if we do this book, we will do it alone, without ghost writers, without historians, without journalists,” she said.

Merkel, a former scientist who grew up in East Germany, entered politics as communism crumbled and joined Chancellor Helmut Kohl’s first post-reunification government in 1990.

She was Minister of Families and Women, then Minister of the Environment, before becoming leader of the center-right Christian Democratic Union in 2000, when she was in opposition. She was elected Germany’s first female Chancellor in 2005.

His tenure has been dominated by a series of crises: the global financial crisis, the European debt crisis, the massive migration to Europe in 2015-2016 and the coronavirus pandemic.


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