The Authorized Biography
With the Eurozone engulfed in an unprecedented crisis, one political figure
looms largest of all, Angela Merkel, the leader of its most powerful economy.
While foreign affairs have become the central issues of her chancellorship
in this crucial election year, the entire world is anxiously looking to
Germany to play its part in Europe’s rescue.
This authorized biography sheds light on the person behind the politician –
from her youthful days of hitchhiking in Tbilisi to being the guest of honour
at a White House state dinner – and examines how a girl from East Germany
rose to the highest echelons of European power. As well as explaining
how Angela Merkel’s world view was shaped and influenced by her
background and ideology, Stefan Kornelius’s lively account discusses her
personal relations with international counterparts such as David Cameron,
Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin, as well as her attitude towards the countries
and cultures over which they rule.
“[Stefan Kornelius] gives a compelling description of how Merkel operates… and is particularly good on the thinking behind her step-by-step response to the euro crisis.” - TLS
"A biography about foreign policy and Merkel's political decision-making process... Kornelius, whose career as a journalist tailgated hers since 1989, proves an illuminating guide." - The Guardian
"Kornelius helps to bring Merkel to life." - The Times
"In his authorized biography, Stefan Kornelius... helps explain how a taciturn physicist from east Germany became such a towering figure in European politics and one of the world’s most influential women." - The Financial Times
"[It] helps the reader get a better sense of the issues and themes which have characterized Merkel’s chancellorship." - International Affairs Journal
"A good insight into Merkel’s background: how her East German upbringing influences her every move and belief; the priority she places on freedom and her determination to succeed in creating a more unified Europe." - Liberator Magazine UK
"In this fascinating authorised biography, Stefan Kornelius reveals the person behind the politician, discussing many intriguing details about her personal and professional life. He skilfully examines Merkel's background and her ideological beliefs in order to explain the nature of her power and her influential role in the European Economic Community." The Good Book Guide
Read an excerpt from Angela Merkel: The Chancellor and Her World