Angela Merkel 4

We work well together with the United Kingdom – particularly, perhaps, when we talk about new rules for the European Union.
Angela Merkel

Having led many negotiations with countries outside the E.U. in the past, we would never enter the same compromises and reach the same good outcomes with states that don’t shoulder the responsibilities and costs of the common market.
Angela Merkel

I believe those that produce the least emissions in autos will also be those who have the greatest success worldwide.
Angela Merkel

We need a really credible perspective toward long-term de-carbonization.
Angela Merkel

When I’m stirring a saucepan, I don’t say to myself, ‘Now the chancellor is stirring a saucepan.’
Angela Merkel

Solidarity and competitiveness are the two sides of a European coin.
Angela Merkel

The West was a wonderful world to me. I decided then that if this is the way they did things, then I wanted to be part of it.
Angela Merkel

I chose to pursue a career in physics because there the truth isn’t so easily bent.
Angela Merkel

The only thing the East German system taught us was that we should never do it that way again.
Angela Merkel

If we look at where relations between the Soviet Union and Germany were in 1945 and where we stand now, then we have achieved so much.
Angela Merkel

The goal of our actions is and will remain a sovereign and territorially intact Ukraine that can decide its own future.
Angela Merkel

Ukraine must be permitted to bring their own relief supplies safely to areas in the east of the country that are controlled by the separatists.
Angela Merkel

Sometimes I can’t stop myself from buying things just because I see them – even when I don’t really need them.
Angela Merkel

This inclination to hoard is deeply ingrained in me because in the past, in times of scarcity, you took what you could get.
Angela Merkel

After the reunification, there was a certain sense of foreignness because daily life in the former East German states was completely turned inside out – everything from the shops to the bureaucracy to the working world.
Angela Merkel

I think it has been a tremendous feat on the part of East Germans since 1990 to adapt to everything changing.
Angela Merkel

I always wanted to know what I’d face next, even though that was maybe a bit detrimental to spontaneity. Structuring my life and avoiding chaos was more important.
Angela Merkel

The way I lived my life, I truly wasn’t an active resistance fighter.
Angela Merkel

I come from a country in which I experienced economic collapse.
Angela Merkel

At German unification, we were lucky to get so much help from West Germany. Now, we have the good fortune of being able to help each other in Europe.
Angela Merkel

Very early, it became clear to me that East Germany could not function.
Angela Merkel

It is always the case that when something emerges – which, of course, from the perspective of the former West Germany looks very different – then people say, ‘She hasn’t told us this yet’ and ‘She hasn’t told us that yet.’ I don’t know – maybe there are other things I didn’t talk about because no one ever asked me.
Angela Merkel

We needed 40 years to overcome East Germany. Sometimes in history, one has to be prepared for the long haul and not ask after four months if it still makes sense to keep up our demands.
Angela Merkel

Germany’s strength lies largely in the fact that the Federal Republic is a center of industry and that it’s an export nation.
Angela Merkel

As a 7-year-old child, I saw the Wall being erected. No one – although it was a stark violation of international law – believed at the time that one ought to intervene militarily in order to protect citizens of the GDR and whole Eastern bloc, of the consequences of that – namely, to live in lack of freedom for many, many years.
Angela Merkel

We’ve always had this experience that things take long, but I’m 100% convinced that our principles will in the end prevail. No one knew how the Cold War would end at the time, but it did end. This is within our living experience… I’m surprised at how fainthearted we sometimes are and how quickly we lose courage.
Angela Merkel

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