Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Cherchez la frau.


Among the criticisms of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's handling of the Euro debt crisis, the accusation of being a self-interested ego-maniac driven by childish fantasies of power is not among them. That is, at least outside a fringe of people whose understanding of Germany begins and ends with the Nazis. Merkel appears (perhaps strategically) to suffer visibly from exhaustion with the brio and bravado of her southerly neighbours. She, matronly, them, like boys tousling over a toy or playing at king of the castle.

Conversely, many criticisms of former President of France, Nicholas Sarkozy, were of the short-man and tiny-prick variety. He was too ambitious, too brash, too vain, too physical, anti-intellectual, and so un-french. It makes me wonder whether it matters to the future of the Euro and the European Union that Merkel is a woman.