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no later than 2021 read, Angela Merkel is expected to give, after 16 years, the Chancellor’s office. What is the role accorded to it historically, the Mannheim-based historian Phillipp Gassert thinks now in a guest post.

Angela Merkel, Chancellor. But her farewell as CDU Chairman, your own announcement and all historical experience to talk about for a foreseeable end of their term of office as head of government. To ask why it is not daring to speculate on Merkel’s historic site, to the quality of their size.

we Take a model to the Americans. President rankings very popular. In 1948, the Harvard scholar Arthur M. Schlesinger Sr. conducted the first survey among leading historians, which have since been repeated on a regular basis. A pecking order of the Greatest has been established. Always at the top: founding father George Washington, the civil war, President Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, President of the dramatic crises and times of war, 1933-1945. One of the Top ten Thomas Jefferson, the Visionary of the Expansion in the “Wild West make it most”; the “rough rider” Theodore Roosevelt; the architect of the Cold war, Harry S. Truman, as well as its three successors, the “Imperial presidents”, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. As the embodiment of the conservative turn of the eighties has pushed Ronald Reagan recently in the top group. Donald Trump was ranked 2017/18 for the first time, as the worst President of all time.

So many of the Chancellor of Germany had missing not at all

In Germany for a 250-years-sweeping blow, the institutional continuity and maturity. We are in comparison to the United States a young country. Modern Germany was created in the first place after the separation of Austria 1866/71, 1945, was United in 1990 from the widely accepted two-state with happiness again. Since then, it searches for its role in Europe, and between “Ossis” and “Wessis”. In view of the fractures in our political history, Bismarck, Hitler, Adenauer, Honecker, Brandt, Kohl and Merkel in the colloquial sense, are “incomparable”. Completely untrustworthy, had, add to that taking away Frederick the Great, or the Prince of Metternich – contemporaries of Washington and Jefferson.

We could agree on about ten government heads of Germany, since 1871, made a lasting impact. Clearly, the founding Chancellor of the German Empire, Otto von Bismarck. The later Reich President Friedrich Ebert we would have to discuss. He was briefly the head of government, but is embodied in the new state. How very Weimar falls out of the role, underlines the importance of the 100-day Chancellor, Gustav Stresemann, the Minister was a longtime foreign to the outstanding politicians of the first Republic. The great an, the Chancellor of Germany from 1933 and Führer in 1934, Adolf Hitler, unfortunately. Unless we exclude purely negative powers, as Jacob Burckhardt in the world-historical considerations. And what is with the two DDR-Potentate Walter Ulbricht and Erich Honecker? Also, you have left a deep mark in German history. But you are the judge of that, like Hitler, according to other criteria than democratically elected politicians.

What is the rank of Helmut Schmidt?

From the German heads of government creates it alone, Adenauer effortlessly in the Olympus of the great Chancellor. In history books the founding phase of the Republic as the “Adenauer Era”, a fixed term: the West and the economic miracle; the VW beetle, and home movies; Franco-German reconciliation in Reims and bocce on the place of Italy. Also Kohl era, made as Chancellor of the reunification in the world, after he had left the Affairs of his early tenure. But the “Era Kohl” and more for “the turning” as for the man.

Helmut Schmidt is a more exciting case. In representative surveys, not just among experts, he is continuously at the top. As a crisis Manager, a fighter against terrorism, dashing speaker, and then the seemingly timeless former Chancellor of Oracle, he embodied the dezisionist of the counter-part to the higher the zögerlic Kohl and Merkel. His Era is the one of the crisis after the Boom, the same as in 1973 (oil shock) and in 1977 (Stammheim) as symbolic markers. Willy Brandt has ruled for an Era. The charismatics, like the sober Ebert, a social-democratic century design. In spite of Ostpolitik and of the memorablen “We must dare more democracy” he could not put its stamp.

What are the historical standards we have at Hand? Merkel has the tool to the epoch-making origin of the name? I think Yes. The length of the term is, firstly, a factor. The second, non-quantifiable criterion for a Registrar rating, however, is whether we are creating in the cultural memory of the future course for an Era of Merkel. This must be something from the Person on their era RUB off, you have a Problem powerful embody: Merkel’s style of politics, their phrase-like language, the barely announced, then all of a sudden, solid (nuclear power, military conscription, Migration), their consensus target of pragmatism, the implied modernisation of the Conservatives demanded, without it is clear to say, is typical of a sated society, which prior to the reforms fear. Then also External like Merkel is a cult diamond and Blazer all of a sudden. Thirdly, it has to be a significant issue, there is no petitesse, for which the personality is in the future.

Kevin Chung studied literature in Seoul. He is interested in various areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.