Angela Merkel is being chastised for not leaving a “great legacy” As a fundamental “flaw” has been discovered.
ANGELA Merkel has been criticized by an author who is dissecting the German Chancellor’s ostensibly “great legacy” as she prepares to leave office.
The German Chancellor’s “flaw” was described as “the absence of vision” in an interview with Paolo Valentino, author of the book “Merkel’s Era.” The book digs into the Chancellor’s 16 years in power, giving readers a glimpse into the life of “a leader who has left an indelible stamp on German, European, and international history.”
“I don’t think we can talk about a magnificent legacy when we talk about Merkel,” the author said of the Chancellor’s leadership process.
“Every solution she’s presented has always had a dark side, a sense of unfinishedness.”
Mr Valentino was particularly scathing of Mrs Merkel’s recent decision to accept debt mutualization, which he called as “a step until recently inconceivable for Germany.”
“It took the epidemic to convince her to undertake this, but Merkel continues to call it a one-off initiative,” the author said, slamming Merkel’s decision-making. She is constantly concerned about avoiding burning all of her bridges.”
He called this trait “exactly her limitation,” adding that Mrs Merkel “has never been affected by a scandal” because she prefers to avoid bringing up contentious issues.
Mr Valentino claimed in his book, which includes previously unpublished stories, reconstructions, and exclusive conversations with his closest collaborators, interlocutors, and opponents, that the leader has weathered several storms during her tenure, but has struggled to have an influence beyond that.
Mrs Merkel was able to climb to prominence and lead Germany through a number of crises “practically unscathed,” he added, but this can be seen as a strength and a limitation of her approach.
Mr Valentino said the leader often prioritized principles above political vision, and that “she never sought for ‘the solution,’ she never planned strategically,” which was both a strength and a problem.
Mrs Merkel’s presidency will come to an end on September 26 when Germany’s federal elections take place, and Mr Valentino believes she will leave behind “an unbreakable attachment and dedication to multilateralism: Merkel wants a world without dominating nations acting unilaterally.”
The writer also slammed the Chancellor’s “asymmetric demobilization” formula, as described by the Financial Times. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”