Merkel’s Power

Documentary: 45 min.
Scriptwriter and Director: Stephan Lamby, Michael Rutz

The first woman to be Chancellor in Germany has developed a new kind of leadership: never too loud, always objective, almost impersonal. She presents herself as “matter-of-fact” manager, as the antithesis to power-hungry politicians such as Helmut Kohl and Gerhard Schröder. All this helps to understand her success; but her modesty is not enough an explanation to understand the phenomenon “Merkel”. Behind the scenes, Merkel acts differently; she asserts her power more openly. Friends and rivals confirm that she has a special way of dealing with power: soft on the outside and tough on the inside.

Beside Angela Merkel herself, many prominent contemporary witnesses have been interviewed: amongst others George W. Bush, Tony Blair, Peter Struck, Wolfgang Schäuble, Liz Mohn, Gregor Gysi and Jürgen Rüttgers. They talk about the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, the EU summit in Brussels, the meeting with Wladimir Putin, as well as about tensions within the big coalition and conflicts within Merkel’s party CDU.

The documentary looks both at and behind the curtains of Merkels power.

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