It's a very insecure situation. Everybody hopes that the new coalition will do better for Germany, but the people have heard so many times that things will change that now they're sitting back and waiting for results.
The outlook is more positive than it's been for some time. Germany is providing the motor for growth at the moment. Assuming it continues to perform well, we would expect growth in the euro-zone of around 2 percent this year.
The valuable assistance of Germany in this matter demonstrates that the war on terrorism is global, and together we will work with our allies to ensure that terrorist acts are prevented and that justice is done,
There is no question in my mind that this will weaken our national security. I was ambassador to Germany. I know that the Germans are very unhappy about these withdrawals. The Koreans are going to be equally unhappy.
The grand coalition should work out to be the best solution for Germany, ... Germany will remain close to Russia but will no longer depend on the very personalized symbols of Schroeder's politics. Germany under Merkel will work to establish the broad framework for a European Union policy toward Russia.
She grew up in East Germany and is a natural scientist--that means she was exposed to less pressure for so-called 'female' behavior than we western women were. My advice: Stay true to herself. Stay authentic! Everything else would seem false.