By Clifford W Mills
Born in West Germany yet raised in East Germany, Angela Merkel has identified either repression and freedom. With the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Merkel begun her meteoric upward thrust to turn into Germany's first girl chancellor and one of many world's strongest ladies. A scientist through education, Merkel possesses analytical talents seldom noticeable in a global chief, and she or he confronts not just German difficulties yet eu and global concerns with international relations and tact. more desirable by way of a chronology, bibliography, and recommendations for additional interpreting, this new full-color biography is the inspiring account of an fascinating chief who is a tireless strength for growth.
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Any part of the world that had such technological marvels as a highspeed train could not be all bad, despite what East Germans were taught. Her personal life was very important to her. She went to a sauna every week, talked to her mother often, and had several friends. She loved her job, and was good at it. Her life was good, and it was peaceful. Only when the Berlin wall fell did her life change instantly and dramatically. 39 C H A P T E R 3 Political Awakening When the Berlin wall was finally breached on November 9, 1989, Merkel walked into West Berlin on that extraordinary night and changed her life.
49 50 ANGELA MERKEL The second event took place on April 26, 1986. A series of explosions in one of the reactors in a nuclear power plant in the Chernobyl region of the Ukraine (then a part of the Soviet Union) blew the roof off the building, throwing radioactive debris and dust high into the atmosphere. Tens of thousands of people were exposed to dangerous levels of radioactivity. No mention was made of the disaster until Swedish scientists detected massive amounts of radioactivity in their skies, and the Soviets confessed what they knew about the Chernobyl accident.
Like many countries, Germany had believed that building nuclear power plants was a good way to solve a growing energy crisis intensified by the oil shortages in the early 1970s. Nuclear plants have several advantages: unlike coal-fired plants, they don’t emit air pollution and so don’t increase global warming if they are working properly; and they don’t usually pollute water, unlike some other methods of generating electricity; and they don’t disrupt the land, as dam building does. Some experts in the 1960s and 1970s thought that most of the world’s electricity would come from nuclear power plants by the year 2000.
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