Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
As an opening statement, she would have to come up with serious arguments and a balanced understanding, of the issues and not a ready cooked piece of western (UK/US) propaganda.

Security expert: We need an international investigation of Germany's Russia ties | Berliner Zeitung |

Until February 24th Jessica Berlin was one of many experts on security and defense policy in the Berlin think tank sphere. But shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine, Berlin put her work on hold to devote herself entirely to helping Ukraine. She vigorously promotes massive support for Kyiv. In an interview with Berliner Zeitung, she calls for an international commission to investigate corruption by German politicians in the energy sector. She talks about Angela Merkel's fear of Russia and our inability to understand the logic of dictators.

    Angela Merkel has more intelligence and experience in the top of het little finger than you have in your whole body.

    The making of Angela Merkel, a German enigma | BBC News - Sept. 24, 2013 |

    As a politician, Angela Merkel has never been overbearing when it comes to her religious views, but it's clear that her father's position in the church had a deep influence on her - creating a powerful moral compass.

    Her childhood was also shaped by the Cold War - Merkel's Socialist father held politically charged gatherings at his seminary and as she grew up, vigorous debates rang around the dinner table.

    To the surprise of many, the East German woman brought up under Communism joined the overwhelmingly male and patriarchal Christian Democrats. In late 1990 she became a member of the Bundestag for the CDU, the largest party in West Germany, and began her rise to the top.

    Germany's Chancellor Helmut Kohl wanted someone female, quiet and a former East German for his first post-reunification cabinet. De Maiziere recommended Merkel. Beginning as minister for women, she moved slowly up the ranks, becoming minister of the environment.

Ms. Berlin, you first came to the attention of the wider German public when Russia invaded Ukraine. You've had a very clear position from the beginning. What makes you certain your assessment is correct?

Primarily my experience in dictatorships around the world. I've lived and worked in four dictatorships, spent time in dozens of others, and have seen and experienced what life and power structures in dictatorships are like with my own eyes. This lived experience combined with my background as a security and foreign policy expert form the basis of my assessments. We are living in very dangerous times right now. And the German government has made many serious mistakes over the last 20 years.

'Sapere aude'
by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jan 19th, 2023 at 03:19:34 PM EST
[ Parent ]

Others have rated this comment as follows:


Occasional Series