The Power of Angela Merkel
Then, in 2005, Merkel made history again, elected the first female chancellor of Germany.
Most recently, Merkel took center stage in the refugee crisis, opening Germany’s doors to almost half a million Syrian refugees, which is the most in Europe by far.
Much to the disappointment of Trump, Merkel’s handling of the refugee crisis and Europe’s economic crisis — as well as her tough stance against Russian President Vladimir Putin — earned her the title of Time magazine’s person of the year in 2015.
However, things got awkward with President Obama in 2013, when leaks from the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the U.S. had been monitoring Merkel since 2002, including tapping her cell phone.
As Angela Merkel begins her visit to the U.S., when it comes to her power and influence in Europe and around the world, you can say, now I get it.