Angela Merkel Quotes
Angela Dorothea Merkel ( 17 July 1954) is a German politician who has been serving as the chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2005 and as the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 2000 to 2018.A member of the CDU, Merkel is the first female chancellor of Germany. During her tenure as Chancellor, Merkel has been frequently referred to as the de facto leader of the European Union and the most powerful woman in the world.
Merkel was born in Hamburg in then-West Germany, moving to East Germany as an infant when her father, a Lutheran clergyman, received a pastorate in Perleberg. She obtained a doctorate in quantum chemistry in 1986 and worked as a research scientist until 1989.
Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989.
In October 2018, Merkel announced that she would stand down as Leader of the CDU at the party convention, and would not seek a fifth term as Chancellor in the 2021 federal election.
Angela Merkel Quotes
If the euro fails, Europe fails.
I am for registered civil partnerships
There are many conflicting interests in Europe.
I am for our not having any discrimination in tax legislation.
Russia has nothing: no successful politics or economy.
Let us answer the terrorists by living our values with courage.
Politicians have to be committed to people in equal measures.
Controversial disputes are a part of democratic culture.
When it comes to human dignity, we cannot make compromises.
I chose to pursue a career in physics because there the truth isn’t so easily bent.
Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a ‘life lie.’
Germany has become a country that many people abroad associate with hope.
Former president Wulff said Islam belongs to Germany. That is true. I also hold this opinion.
Germany wants peaceful coexistence of Muslims and members of other religions.
When I’m stirring a saucepan, I don’t say to myself, ‘Now the chancellor is stirring a saucepan.’
The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.
Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn’t the top priority.
Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion.
We have a duty as the state to protect our economy… We are for the protection of intellectual property.
Nobody in Europe will be abandoned. Nobody in Europe will be excluded. Europe only succeeds if we work together.
Sometimes I can’t stop myself from buying things just because I see them – even when I don’t really need them.
As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.
I’ve learned that even the word ‘jubilee’ used in connection with the Reformation can give rise to discussions.
Industrialised countries must take the responsibility of helping poorer countries in the climate change action plan.
The European Army is our long-term goal. But first we have to strengthen the European Defence Union.
India needs jobs, Germany needs people, and collaboration is crucial to meet the demographic needs of both countries.
We believe that from both a German and a Polish perspective, it is desirable for Great Britain to remain in the European Union.
We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity – that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.
For me, it is always important that I go through all the possible options for a decision. The euro is our common fate, and Europe is our common future.
I believe those that produce the least emissions in autos will also be those who have the greatest success worldwide.
Above all it is important to point out that we can only maintain our prosperity in Europe if we belong to the most innovative regions in the world.
In Europe it is particularly important that we build good relations to everyone who holds political responsibility because Europe can only be build together.
That is why everyone in politics, and we do it, must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.
I have a relatively sunny spirit, and I always had the expectation that my path through life would be relatively sunny, no matter what happened. I have never allowed myself to be bitter.
I am not an expert in this field but I do try to keep up to date with the Bundesliga. And I do follow World Cups and European Championships more closely.
Eurobonds are absolutely wrong. In order to bring about common interest rates, you need similar competitiveness levels, similar budget situations. You don’t get them by collectivizing debts.
We will have to accept a certain degree of legal immigration; that’s globalisation… In the era of the smartphone, we cannot shut ourselves away… people know full well how we live in Europe.
Hatred, racism, and extremism have no place in this country. This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed.
We Germans have a special responsibility to be alert, sensitive, and aware of what we did during the Nazi era and about lasting damage caused in other countries. I’ve got tremendous sympathy for that.
I don’t carry any early childhood trauma around with me, if that’s what you’re hinting at. The story of the bicycles – and there were three of them which were stolen from me – I’ve dealt with it well.
At this time – we’re in a dramatic crisis – euro bonds are precisely the wrong answer. They lead us into a debt union, not a stability union. Each country has to take its own steps to reduce its debt.
Climate change knows no borders. It will not stop before the Pacific islands and the whole of the international community here has to shoulder a responsibility to bring about a sustainable development.
After the reunification, there was a certain sense of foreignness because daily life in the former East German states was completely turned inside out – everything from the shops to the bureaucracy to the working world.
I will not let anyone tell me we must spend more money. This crisis did not come about because we issued too little money but because we created economic growth with too much money and it was not sustainable growth.
I said, yet again, for Germany, Europe is not only indispensable, it is part and parcel of our identity. We’ve always said German unity, European unity and integration, that’s two parts of one and the same coin. But we want, obviously, to boost our competitiveness.
Herr Schroder has conducted two electoral campaigns, and he is doing it again now, by not telling people what is really necessary. He keeps avoiding the difficult and uncomfortable issues, those that imply changes and therefore provoke discussions.
I have just explained my idea of how a constructive period of reflection, one that would send a clear message to the citizens of Europe: You should now what our priorities are. For Germany this means: Unemployment is one of one of our biggest problems.
At the beginning of the 60’s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country. We kidded ourselves a while, we said: ‘They won’t stay, sometime they will be gone.’ But this isn’t reality.
I’ve often made critical comments about settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and in east Jerusalem, and my position hasn’t changed. At the same time, it’s equally important to me that the two sides, both Israel and the Palestinians, work towards a durable peace settlement: that’s to say a viable two-state solution.
The G7 – and earlier, the G8 – were a group of countries that shared the same values with regard to freedom and democracy, and through the annexation of Crimea, Russia made it clear at a certain point that these values of keeping the peace, integrity of the borders of a country were not being respected.
As a 7-year-old child, I saw the Wall being erected. No one – although it was a stark violation of international law – believed at the time that one ought to intervene militarily in order to protect citizens of the GDR and whole Eastern bloc, of the consequences of that – namely, to live in lack of freedom for many, many years.