Dirk Kurbjuweit: "Alternativlos"
Angela Merkel has been governing
Germany for nine years. She still has
two more years left in the Chancellery,
that much is certain, but she could
just as well call it her permanent
home for all intents and purposes.
Are we living in a Merkel era? How has the Chancellor shaped the country and how in
turn has the country shaped the Chancellor? As she demands very little from the citizens
— no reforms, no sacrifices, no specific standpoint — she has no need to fear criticism. The
Chancellor and her people are engaged in a political waltz, taking the utmost care to avoid
treading on each other’s toes.
Drawing on the Federal Republic’s political history, Dirk Kurbjuweit gives us an in-depth
analysis of the current status quo. He examines the interaction between society and politics,
Merkel’s culture of control, her understated nationalism and her protectionist strategies.
Merkel may be the ideal chancellor for this society, but ideal in the sense of apt
rather than perfect. Because she refuses to tackle the major challenges facing German