Postcard from... Berlin
Angela Merkel is sometimes compared to the departed Margaret Thatcher, but it would be difficult to imagine the “Iron Lady” indulging in similar electioneering antics. Germany’s first woman leader was doing a bit of discreet campaigning last week, ahead of the country’s September general election.
The venue was Berlin’s Maxim Gorki Theatre, where she appeared before an almost exclusively female and reverential audience to answer softball questions lobbed at her by the editor of the popular women’s magazine, Brigitte. We now know that Angela thinks that “beautiful eyes” are what make men attractive, that men are better at chopping wood and have deeper voices than women.
We have also been let in on the secret that she manages to forget that she is Chancellor when she cooks her husband’s supper. Insights like these probably do a lot to counteract the impression, held in much of southern Europe, that Angela Merkel, is a sort of latter-day Hitler who is bent on imposing Germany’s iron will on the rest of the continent. They also do a lot for Brigitte. Thanks to a court seat lottery, the magazine recently secured media accreditation for a major neo-Nazi trial which begins next week.
However the lottery outcome brought widespread accusations that Brigitte was too shallow a publication to warrant a press pass for such a serious court case. But now Brigitte has the last laugh: it can now boast that a magazine which secures an exclusive audience with Germany’s first female boss for its readers can hardly be considered shallow.
- 1 VMAs 2015: Was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' awkward acceptance put-down real or staged?
- 2 If you're not already angry about the migrant crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 3 Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
- 4 I like Corbyn, but let's face it: we don't need another white man at the head of a political party
- 5 Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
VMAs 2015: Was Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus' awkward acceptance put-down real or staged?
Bank Holiday Monday opening times: Are Tesco, Asda and other supermarkets open today?
Rules on 5p plastic bags likely to lead to arguments at the check-out
The nine most warmongering countries in the world revealed
VMAs 2015: Kanye West runs for president, Nicki Minaj calls out Miley Cyrus and the list of winners in full
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: You will be working with a 8 st...
£8000 - £12000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A unique opportunity has arisen ...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An exceptional opportunity has arisen for a pa...
£18000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This provider of designer kitch...