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EUROPE SHUDDERS AS ANGELA MERKEL DECLARED MOST POWERFUL WOMAN
August 21 2009
Berlin, Germany – Of all the three old world continents there is perhaps none that has seen the level of bloodshed than Europe. Though conflicts in Africa and Western Asia reach back into antiquity, the development of modern weapons, machinery, and
multiple cultures crashing together has meant almost endless levels of violence and death throughout the European continent. From Alexander the Great running rampant across the continent to the modern day horrors in Kosovo, Europe has been built on the back of bloodshed.
Of all European nations there is perhaps none with as much blood on its hands as Germany. With imperialistic roots across the continent and the instigators of the two most brutal conflicts in human history, Germany’s history is defined by blood like no other country, something many fear may never truly end. It is into that history
that Angela Merkel has had to wade as the Chancellor of Germany for the last four years. Her success in that position, leading the country into one of the most powerful and influential countries has once again landed at the top of the Forbes list of most powerful women in the world. With a four reign on the list many across the continent are once again beginning to fear the rising power of Germany and its eminently powerful leader.
“Women in power are rising to leadership positions in business, government and philanthropy by making daring and unconventional moves. Gone are the days of women feeling they must stick with one employer and patiently wait for promotions,” wrote Forbes. “Highly ambitious women ... are moving across companies and industries, making big leaps with each change, and repositioning themselves for opportunities that allow them to gain a breadth of experience.”
Many are noting the striking similarity between the magazines continued praise of Merkel and the media attention granted to another German leader, Adolf Hitler, who was chosen as Time Magazine’s Man of the Year in 1938. Only three months after that Nazi Germany began the invasion of Poland which marked the start of World War II.
“There were a lot of factors that led to the events of World War II and the Holocaust but the most important aspect of Hitler’s power was the kind of idolatry that surrounded him. That has proven true over and over again in dictatorships and likely will continue into the future. That kind of worship puts drowns out the people asking questions and helps to usher in unadulterated power,” said Scrape TV Historical analyst Lars Luger. “It is very unlikely that we will see Merkel on the cover of Time anytime soon but if we do then Europe and the world would be right in fearing impending doom. Even this seemingly small honour could extend into dangerous territory and potentially bring further destruction to the continent that has seen so much blood already.”
Merkel has thus far shown little signs of the kind of power grab that Hitler engaged in upon taking power in 1934. His grip on the German government and ultimate dictatorial rule has often been viewed as a result of number of divergent factors colliding at the right time, specifically the dire economic status of the country.
“Germany was suffering under incredible economic strain in the 1930’s which was the
greatest factor in Hitler’s rise to power. Despite some economic trouble of late, Germany has the fourth largest economy in the world so the kind of desperation that Hitler was able to exploit simply doesn’t exist anymore,” continued Luger. “Merkel also suffers as a direct result of Hitler’s actions. By blaming the Jews for so many of the country’s problems he was able to ride a wave of hatred to success. He killed so many of them though that it will prove a lot more difficult for Merkel to exploit them in the same way, making her rise to power a little more difficult, though not impossible.”
Merkel reportedly shaves regularly but it believed that she can grow a mean mustache.