Leipzig Bichmesse: Former Chancellor Merkel: "I am satisfied"

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel (68) wants to give insights into her life and her tenure in her memoirs.

Leipzig Bichmesse: Former Chancellor Merkel: "I am satisfied"

Former Chancellor Angela Merkel (68) wants to give insights into her life and her tenure in her memoirs. Together with her longtime office manager Beate Baumann, she is working through her childhood, but also her chancellorship, said the CDU politician at an event at the Leipzig Book Fair. "That creates clarity - piece by piece - but also requires concentration." After the end of her chancellorship, she is doing well, Merkel said, emphasizing: "I am satisfied."

The visit of the former chancellor aroused great interest among the visitors to the Leipzig Book Fair in advance. In front of a full house, Merkel spoke with the editor-in-chief of the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit", Giovanni di Lorenzo, about her East German roots, her chancellorship, but also about her current life. She's making progress on her way to becoming Chancellor AD, Merkel said, smiling. "I can't walk the streets unrecognized yet."

"We need parity - everywhere"

However, the former chancellor is not satisfied with the support she has given to women during her term of office. "I didn't achieve the goal I would have liked to achieve," she said. The number of women in her party shows that women have not been sufficiently promoted in the past. The fact that there are fewer women than men in management positions in business, for example, is dramatic. "We need parity - everywhere," demanded Merkel. That also applies to the Bundestag, "in whatever way".

Looking at herself, Merkel still finds it difficult to use the female form, as the former chancellor reported. "In the GDR I was a physicist. I had a degree in physics, that's what my diploma said." In the meantime, she has got used to speaking of herself as a physicist. Otherwise they don't gender, she said. "I always stick to the dictionary."

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