Skip to comments.The Godmother: Germany's New Dictator, Angela Merkel?
Posted on 09/10/2012 5:07:39 PM PDT by RetiredArmy
For two consecutive years, Forbes Magazine has elected Angela Merkel the most powerful woman on Earth. It might not be long before she becomes the most powerful person on Earth.
That is what Gertrud Höhler, a former advisor of former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl fears. Höhler has published a book to warn the Germans about Merkel, who, Höhler says, wants to establish a dictatorship in Europe.
The 58-year old Angela Merkel began her political career in 1991 as a junior minister under Chancellor Kohl. After the German reunification of 1990, Helmut Kohl needed some ministers from the former East Germany, the so-called "German Democratic Republic" (GDR). Although Kohl made Merkel his Minister of Women and Youth, he did not seem to have a high opinion of her; he derisively called her, "das Mädchen" "the girl."
Kohl's contempt for "the girl Angela" is shared by his former confidante, Gertrud Höhler. The 71-year old Höhler has just published a Merkel biography called "Die Patin: Wie Merkel Deutschland umbaut The Godmother: How Merkel Is Reconstructing Germany." Patin is also a derisive term.
It is the female version of Pate, godfather. Francis Ford Coppola's movie "The Godfather" is called Der Pate in German. In Höhler's view, Merkel is the real life version of what Marlon Brando was in the movie.
Höhler considers Merkel to be a danger to democracy. She is said to be establishing a dictatorship. Not just in Germany, but in Europe. Merkel's aim, writes Höhler, is to become the Chancellor of Europe.
And her rule will not be democratic. "Merkel has left the path of democracy," says Höhler. The Chancellor imposes her will on the Germans and the other Europeans, without caring about the rule of law, national constitutions or even earlier treaties which she signed herself.
Höhler explains, however, that Merkel is not an ideological dictator. According to Höhler, Merkel has no principles. All that matters for the Chancellor is power. Höhler calls Merkel's governing method "das System M."
The M stands for Macht, the German word for power. Merkel, the most powerful woman on earth, is a power-obsessed egomaniac, driven by just one thing: a desire for more power.
Höhler says she wishes to protect the Germans from Merkel's autocratic regime, which would be Germany's third dictatorship in less than eighty years, after Nazism and East Germany's Communism.
Höhler describes how Merkel orchestrated the end of the political careers of all potential rivals within her own Christian Democratic Union (CDU), which also happens to be Höhler's party.
Höhler's fury at Merkel is excessive and some observers hint that it probably originates from Höhler's frustration over her own political ambitions. These were thwarted twenty years ago when Kohl did not appoint Höhler as a cabinet minister, but gave a junior position to Merkel, a woman who emerged in Germany with the collapse of the Communist GDR.
Höhler is not the only critic of Merkel in the CDU. Two weeks ago, CDU business policy expert Josef Schlarmann sharply criticized "System M." Those who do not agree with Merkel are excluded from the party leadership, he said. Schlarmann, too, pointed out that Merkel has removed all potential challengers from the party, making it impossible for a successor to come forward as long as she leads the party.
Höhler's book has caused a stir in Germany -- possibly due not only to squabbling within the CDU, but also to the unease among former West Germans about current German politics.
Many West Germans seem to resent the fact that, twenty years after the reunification, they are being governed by former East Germans. The Chancellor, Höhler says, is an "alien" to the political nature of the Federal Republic of Germany. She is a politician molded in the politics of "regimes that enforce political conformity."
Twenty years after the reunification, Germany has not only a Chancellor, but also a President, Joachim Gauck, who grew up in the East. President Gauck is a former East German pastor, and Merkel is the daughter of a former East German pastor.
Shortly after her birth in 1954, her parents moved from West to East Germany, at a time when thousands of Germans were doing the opposite: fleeing the Communist East for the free West.
Höhler's main thesis that a politician such as Merkel is not a politician in the liberal Western mold echoes the feelings of many Germans from the former West. Twenty years after the reunification, Germany is in many respects still two different countries. Of the 15,000 marriages which take place annually in Berlin, fewer than 1,000 are between someone from the former West Berlin and a partner from the former East.
In his memoirs, Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic, did not regret the fact that West Germany was separated from the East in 1945.
In the 1920s, Adenauer had been a separatist who wanted his native Rhineland to secede from the Prussian heartland in the East. In Adenauer's view, the Rhineland had more in common with liberal Western states such as the Netherlands and Britain than with authoritarian Prussia.
Today, Adenauer's legacy is being undone. East Germany has annexed West Germany, and Prussia is about to conquer the rest of Europe. While the former West Germany was pro-Atlantic, the new Prussia goes her own way.
strange how Argentinian strongmen (strongwoman?) and German dictators line up sometimes
So.....this thesis is based on a catfiight.
So far as I can tell, Merkel is trying to govern responsibly. Her detractors are mostly Democrat lookalikes playing the I hate minorities, women and children cards.
Funny. The same attitude and words were used on Dame Margret Thatcher.
I will be polite and ask if this was suppose to be a snark or if the author is unaware that being a pastor in East Germany was not usually a profession that was state approved.
In reality, it is West Germany that annexed East Germany! For example, many East German companies that were worth something were taken over by West German companies. Companies that were troubled (i.e., communist basket cases) were liquidated. The result was high unemployment in the East after reunification.
The reunified Germany, however, was REAL TROUBLE for Serbia and its neighbors, carving out a sphere of influence in Roman Catholic Slovenia and Croatia while the US (especially under clinton) supported a muslim-dominated Bosnia. That left Orthodox Christian Serbia the odd man out.
Now Serbia is suffering from Merkel’s blustering, and we Americans are still saddled with muslim-dominated states in the Balkans that add to our BIG muslim problem at home and abroad.
‘Twould be a good thing since she could best the Obama-dork thing in any contest.
Germany has the macho leader and we have the metrosexual.
Exactly. This is just the whining of a bunch of losers.
For two consecutive years, Forbes Magazine has elected Angela Merkel the most powerful woman on Earth. It might not be long before she becomes the most powerful person on Earth.Yeah, and the Japanese are going to own America, and the Chinese will eventually control us by financing our federal budget deficit, and the world will run out of oil before 2000, and...
I remember the media made a big deal of Bush touching her
That's why my grandma was so hard to get along with.
She was aiming at world domination all the time.
Fortunately, she didn't get as close as Merkel.
But they did have a lot in common.
From that pic it almost looks like he’s gonna tongue her ear.
Germany is being asked to bail out most of Southern Europe. They are imposing rather strict conditions (if you want my money, you have to do what I say).
In a way, this is kind of funny. Germany and France have for hundreds of years wanted to rule Europe. Now they do, and realize that they have to pay for a lot of people who think being lazy is a vocation.
Lots of irony there.
We may regret letting the German state be reborn. Might have been better to break it up further.
She's got one hell of a long way to go, to turn the Bundeswehr into the spitting image of its '70's Cold-War forebear, even moreso the mighty Wehrmacht.
She's got troops in The Suck, and they're getting some combat experience; but at the same time, they're gradually using up their equipment like we did in The Sandbox.
Germany reunification should have happened after a ten-year hiatus, in order to develop a free East Germany as a more equal reunification partner. That was proposed by leading East German politicians, industrialists, intellectuals, etc.
But many East Germans were hungry for the economic goods that capitalism would provide, so it was easy to sell them on immediate reunification. Many of them ended up unemployed or displaced.
Meanwhile, Kohl, etc. went on their Balkan crusade, aided by the Vatican and our own US mis-leaders. This was a Roman Catholic-dominated operation, and Lutheran involvement in it (e.g, Merkel) happened later.
If there had been a free, Lutheran-domaniated East Germany, this crusade may well not have happened, whether in 1990 or 2000. (Merkel, by the way did NOT participate in the the original Lutheran-led East German revolution, which toppled the Berlin Wall.)
Angela must be destroyed. She is, afterall, fiscally conservative and she has enemies. Because of her, I switched investment penneys heavily to Germany. She can spell the word austerity.
Probably exacerbated by your boyfriend Ratko being sent to prison.
She’s trying to Federalize the EU in a buy off bail out deal like the left here wants to dictate to the states through Federal buyouts. We call it strings attached to free programs. Europeans are not accustomed to a federal dictator enemy within like we are and they see her an outside enemy trying to end their self determination, sovergnity and rights.
We tell ourselves the commies are a part of the “American” family; American relatives who just disagree with us about the meaning of the constitution.
In reality, centralized power dictator wannabes are dictators who want to dictate. It would be nuts for Europeans to surrender their governments and power to an elected or unelected (as is currently the case) EU. Avoiding the immediate pain of Euro collapse is not worth ending your freedom for at least generations. The EU has a nasty personality that will only get worse the more power it gets.
Didn’t know all the details, but that matches what I have heard.
The UN resolution 743 and 781 did not have Germany in it.
These were no-flight zone
In 1994, NATO fighters shot down 4 Bosnian serb fighters for violating a no-fly zone
This was a combined NATO decision, not a German one...