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139 Powerful Angela Merkel Quotes On Leadership, Cooperation And More

Famous As: First Female Chancellor of Germany (2005 - 2021)
Born On: July 17, 1954
Born In: Hamburg, Germany

Angela Dorothea Merkel is a well-known German politician who is Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She is a leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. With her political dominance, she is often called as the de facto leader of the European Union, and the most powerful woman around. She is also hailed as the leader of the 'Free World.' She has had a remarkable political life and served in several positions, before serving as German Chancellor. During her public life, she has shared her thoughts and views on a wide range of topics and also spoken about several issues, not only in Germany but the entire world. We have curated some of the most fascinating quotes and sayings by Angela Dorothea Merkel from her speeches, interviews, articles, etc.

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We will be very persistent when it comes to enforcing freedom, justice, and self-determination on the European continent.

We will be very persistent when it comes to enforcing freedom, justice, and self-determination on the European continent.

Angela Merkel
I always used the free room that the G.D.R. allowed me... There was no shadow over my childhood.

I always used the free room that the G.D.R. allowed me... There was no shadow over my childhood.

Angela Merkel
Greece wishes to be part of the eurozone, but it must, of course, go through with the necessary reforms to make this happen.

Greece wishes to be part of the eurozone, but it must, of course, go through with the necessary reforms to make this happen.

Angela Merkel
If the euro fails, Europe fails.

If the euro fails, Europe fails.

Angela Merkel
We needed 40 years to overcome East Germany. Sometimes in history, one has to be prepared for the long haul and not ask after four months if it still makes sense to keep up our demands.

We needed 40 years to overcome East Germany. Sometimes in history, one has to be prepared for the long haul and not ask after four months if it still makes sense to keep up our demands.

Angela Merkel
I come from a country in which I experienced economic collapse.

I come from a country in which I experienced economic collapse.

Angela Merkel
The way I lived my life, I truly wasn't an active resistance fighter.

The way I lived my life, I truly wasn't an active resistance fighter.

Angela Merkel
I think it has been a tremendous feat on the part of East Germans since 1990 to adapt to everything changing.

I think it has been a tremendous feat on the part of East Germans since 1990 to adapt to everything changing.

Angela Merkel
After the reunification, there was a certain sense of foreignness because daily life in the former East German states was completely turned inside out - everything from the shops to the bureaucracy to the working world.

After the reunification, there was a certain sense of foreignness because daily life in the former East German states was completely turned inside out - everything from the shops to the bureaucracy to the working world.

Angela Merkel
This inclination to hoard is deeply ingrained in me because in the past, in times of scarcity, you took what you could get.

This inclination to hoard is deeply ingrained in me because in the past, in times of scarcity, you took what you could get.

Angela Merkel
Ukraine must be permitted to bring their own relief supplies safely to areas in the east of the country that are controlled by the separatists.

Ukraine must be permitted to bring their own relief supplies safely to areas in the east of the country that are controlled by the separatists.

Angela Merkel
The goal of our actions is and will remain a sovereign and territorially intact Ukraine that can decide its own future.

The goal of our actions is and will remain a sovereign and territorially intact Ukraine that can decide its own future.

Angela Merkel
If we look at where relations between the Soviet Union and Germany were in 1945 and where we stand now, then we have achieved so much.

If we look at where relations between the Soviet Union and Germany were in 1945 and where we stand now, then we have achieved so much.

Angela Merkel
The only thing the East German system taught us was that we should never do it that way again.

The only thing the East German system taught us was that we should never do it that way again.

Angela Merkel
The West was a wonderful world to me. I decided then that if this is the way they did things, then I wanted to be part of it.

The West was a wonderful world to me. I decided then that if this is the way they did things, then I wanted to be part of it.

Angela Merkel
The 'community method' can only be applied in those areas in which the European Union actually has competence. Where the community has no competence, the 'community method' clearly cannot be applied.

The 'community method' can only be applied in those areas in which the European Union actually has competence. Where the community has no competence, the 'community method' clearly cannot be applied.

Angela Merkel
We need a really credible perspective toward long-term de-carbonization.

We need a really credible perspective toward long-term de-carbonization.

Angela Merkel
We work well together with the United Kingdom - particularly, perhaps, when we talk about new rules for the European Union.

We work well together with the United Kingdom - particularly, perhaps, when we talk about new rules for the European Union.

Angela Merkel
I personally hope and wish that Britain will stay part and parcel of the European Union.

I personally hope and wish that Britain will stay part and parcel of the European Union.

Angela Merkel
We have shared responsibility for global climate; we have to reduce climate change below 2 degrees Celsius.

We have shared responsibility for global climate; we have to reduce climate change below 2 degrees Celsius.

Angela Merkel
For somebody who comes from Europe, I can only say if we give up this principle of territorial integrity of countries, then we will not be able to maintain the peaceful order of Europe that we've been able to achieve.

For somebody who comes from Europe, I can only say if we give up this principle of territorial integrity of countries, then we will not be able to maintain the peaceful order of Europe that we've been able to achieve.

Angela Merkel
We abide by our responsibility as Germany for the Shoah.

We abide by our responsibility as Germany for the Shoah.

Angela Merkel
There is a lot that binds Germany to Turkey, and even if we have a difference of opinion on an individual matter, the breadth of our links, our friendship, our strategic ties, is great.

There is a lot that binds Germany to Turkey, and even if we have a difference of opinion on an individual matter, the breadth of our links, our friendship, our strategic ties, is great.

Angela Merkel
Free access to the single market will be granted to a country which accepts the four fundamental freedoms of movement of people, goods, services, and capital.

Free access to the single market will be granted to a country which accepts the four fundamental freedoms of movement of people, goods, services, and capital.

Angela Merkel
If you wish to have free access to the single market, then you have to accept the fundamental rights as well as obligation that come from it.

If you wish to have free access to the single market, then you have to accept the fundamental rights as well as obligation that come from it.

Angela Merkel
There are achievements of European integration that cannot be haggled over: for example the principle of free movement and the principle of non-discrimination.

There are achievements of European integration that cannot be haggled over: for example the principle of free movement and the principle of non-discrimination.

Angela Merkel
Former president Wulff said Islam belongs to Germany. That is true. I also hold this opinion.

Former president Wulff said Islam belongs to Germany. That is true. I also hold this opinion.

Angela Merkel
Whenever I was able to work with Hillary Clinton, it was a great pleasure.

Whenever I was able to work with Hillary Clinton, it was a great pleasure.

Angela Merkel
I never felt the GDR was my home country.

I never felt the GDR was my home country.

Angela Merkel
We Germans have a special responsibility to be alert, sensitive, and aware of what we did during the Nazi era and about lasting damage caused in other countries. I've got tremendous sympathy for that.

We Germans have a special responsibility to be alert, sensitive, and aware of what we did during the Nazi era and about lasting damage caused in other countries. I've got tremendous sympathy for that.

Angela Merkel
Germany has become a country that many people abroad associate with hope.

Germany has become a country that many people abroad associate with hope.

Angela Merkel
There are 1600 German companies active in India, and some of them are more than 100 years old. Our companies value India as a location for manufacturing and as a market.

There are 1600 German companies active in India, and some of them are more than 100 years old. Our companies value India as a location for manufacturing and as a market.

Angela Merkel
IT companies in Bangalore are a reliable engine of development for India.

IT companies in Bangalore are a reliable engine of development for India.

Angela Merkel
More reforms will give more impetus to German industries to invest in India. German companies want to be treated on par with Indian companies, and creation of an equitable market is crucial for investments.

More reforms will give more impetus to German industries to invest in India. German companies want to be treated on par with Indian companies, and creation of an equitable market is crucial for investments.

Angela Merkel
There are many conflicting interests in Europe.

There are many conflicting interests in Europe.

Angela Merkel
There is no doubt the NATO-Russia Act should remain valid.

There is no doubt the NATO-Russia Act should remain valid.

Angela Merkel
The European Army is our long-term goal. But first we have to strengthen the European Defence Union.

The European Army is our long-term goal. But first we have to strengthen the European Defence Union.

Angela Merkel
The majority of decisions in Europe are done by unanimity. That's why it is important to be to have good relations with all parts.

The majority of decisions in Europe are done by unanimity. That's why it is important to be to have good relations with all parts.

Angela Merkel
I am for our not having any discrimination in tax legislation.

I am for our not having any discrimination in tax legislation.

Angela Merkel
I'm someone who is very supportive of us eliminating all discrimination.

I'm someone who is very supportive of us eliminating all discrimination.

Angela Merkel
For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together.

For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together.

Angela Merkel
I see nothing that points to a recession in Germany. But I see considerable long-term tasks ahead of us that have to do with markets regaining confidence in Europe and that have a lot to do with reducing debt.

I see nothing that points to a recession in Germany. But I see considerable long-term tasks ahead of us that have to do with markets regaining confidence in Europe and that have a lot to do with reducing debt.

Angela Merkel
The markets want to force us to do certain things. That we won't do. Politicians have to make sure that we're unassailable, that we can make policy for the people.

The markets want to force us to do certain things. That we won't do. Politicians have to make sure that we're unassailable, that we can make policy for the people.

Angela Merkel
It will not be possible to solve the current crisis with euro bonds.

It will not be possible to solve the current crisis with euro bonds.

Angela Merkel
Eurobonds are absolutely wrong. In order to bring about common interest rates, you need similar competitiveness levels, similar budget situations. You don't get them by collectivizing debts.

Eurobonds are absolutely wrong. In order to bring about common interest rates, you need similar competitiveness levels, similar budget situations. You don't get them by collectivizing debts.

Angela Merkel
So Europe needs to be competitive and we also need to be competitive if we wish to remain an interesting economic partner for the United States. This has to be done on the basis of strength, of competitiveness.

So Europe needs to be competitive and we also need to be competitive if we wish to remain an interesting economic partner for the United States. This has to be done on the basis of strength, of competitiveness.

Angela Merkel
Let me say this on a personal note. Without the United States of America, I would in all probably not be able to stand here before you today.

Let me say this on a personal note. Without the United States of America, I would in all probably not be able to stand here before you today.

Angela Merkel
For a few years, more people have been leaving our country than entering it. Wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward.

For a few years, more people have been leaving our country than entering it. Wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward.

Angela Merkel
I will not let anyone tell me we must spend more money. This crisis did not come about because we issued too little money but because we created economic growth with too much money and it was not sustainable growth.

I will not let anyone tell me we must spend more money. This crisis did not come about because we issued too little money but because we created economic growth with too much money and it was not sustainable growth.

Angela Merkel
I am not an expert in this field but I do try to keep up to date with the Bundesliga. And I do follow World Cups and European Championships more closely.

I am not an expert in this field but I do try to keep up to date with the Bundesliga. And I do follow World Cups and European Championships more closely.

Angela Merkel
Thus, the focus on this main political goal must become more visible in EU politics and to achieve this, we need a political impulse. It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are.

Thus, the focus on this main political goal must become more visible in EU politics and to achieve this, we need a political impulse. It must be clear what the priorities on the agenda are.

Angela Merkel
The problem is, of course, that these interest groups are all asking for changes, but their enthusiasm for change rapidly disappears when it affects the core of their own interests.

The problem is, of course, that these interest groups are all asking for changes, but their enthusiasm for change rapidly disappears when it affects the core of their own interests.

Angela Merkel
That makes me think of the 2002 World Cup Final above all else. Nobody thought at the time that our team would get through to the Final against Brazil. We should remember that this summer.

That makes me think of the 2002 World Cup Final above all else. Nobody thought at the time that our team would get through to the Final against Brazil. We should remember that this summer.

Angela Merkel
Personally, I think that for example the chemical directive in its present form does too much damage to the chemical industry - especially the medium sized businesses - and will hurt our worldwide competitiveness.

Personally, I think that for example the chemical directive in its present form does too much damage to the chemical industry - especially the medium sized businesses - and will hurt our worldwide competitiveness.

Angela Merkel
In Europe it is particularly important that we build good relations to everyone who holds political responsibility because Europe can only be build together.

In Europe it is particularly important that we build good relations to everyone who holds political responsibility because Europe can only be build together.

Angela Merkel
I think that the EU with the Lisbon agenda has put the right emphasis on growth and employment.

I think that the EU with the Lisbon agenda has put the right emphasis on growth and employment.

Angela Merkel
From this experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition.

From this experience we have learned that in a big party it is important to have the necessary and often controversial discussions on policy issues such as the health system while in opposition.

Angela Merkel
Above all it is important to point out that we can only maintain our prosperity in Europe if we belong to the most innovative regions in the world.

Above all it is important to point out that we can only maintain our prosperity in Europe if we belong to the most innovative regions in the world.

Angela Merkel
I've learned that even the word 'jubilee' used in connection with the Reformation can give rise to discussions.

I've learned that even the word 'jubilee' used in connection with the Reformation can give rise to discussions.

Angela Merkel
It's my damn duty and obligation to do everything possible for Europe to find a united path.

It's my damn duty and obligation to do everything possible for Europe to find a united path.

Angela Merkel
I am for registered civil partnerships.

I am for registered civil partnerships.

Angela Merkel
Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority.

Whoever decides to dedicate their life to politics knows that earning money isn't the top priority.

Angela Merkel
Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion.

Especially in a very secular world, we should always stress what is common in the Christian religion.

Angela Merkel
It is a fact that, if I single out Germany, our rate of growth is too low and we have very high unemployment.

It is a fact that, if I single out Germany, our rate of growth is too low and we have very high unemployment.

Angela Merkel
For those who share my view that the Jews as a people have a right to self-determination, Zionism as a national movement of the Jewish people is the embodiment of this very right, which its opponents want to deny.

For those who share my view that the Jews as a people have a right to self-determination, Zionism as a national movement of the Jewish people is the embodiment of this very right, which its opponents want to deny.

Angela Merkel
Very early, it became clear to me that East Germany could not function.

Very early, it became clear to me that East Germany could not function.

Angela Merkel
We have a duty as the state to protect our economy... We are for the protection of intellectual property.

We have a duty as the state to protect our economy... We are for the protection of intellectual property.

Angela Merkel
Industrialised countries must take the responsibility of helping poorer countries in the climate change action plan.

Industrialised countries must take the responsibility of helping poorer countries in the climate change action plan.

Angela Merkel
Germany wants peaceful coexistence of Muslims and members of other religions.

Germany wants peaceful coexistence of Muslims and members of other religions.

Angela Merkel
Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a 'life lie.'

Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies and therefore remains a 'life lie.'

Angela Merkel
At this time - we're in a dramatic crisis - euro bonds are precisely the wrong answer. They lead us into a debt union, not a stability union. Each country has to take its own steps to reduce its debt.

At this time - we're in a dramatic crisis - euro bonds are precisely the wrong answer. They lead us into a debt union, not a stability union. Each country has to take its own steps to reduce its debt.

Angela Merkel
Politicians have to be committed to people in equal measures.

Politicians have to be committed to people in equal measures.

Angela Merkel
Russia has nothing: no successful politics or economy.

Russia has nothing: no successful politics or economy.

Angela Merkel
Solidarity and competitiveness are the two sides of a European coin.

Solidarity and competitiveness are the two sides of a European coin.

Angela Merkel
I always wanted to know what I'd face next, even though that was maybe a bit detrimental to spontaneity. Structuring my life and avoiding chaos was more important.

I always wanted to know what I'd face next, even though that was maybe a bit detrimental to spontaneity. Structuring my life and avoiding chaos was more important.

Angela Merkel
Sometimes I can't stop myself from buying things just because I see them - even when I don't really need them.

Sometimes I can't stop myself from buying things just because I see them - even when I don't really need them.

Angela Merkel
Today's Russia is not to be compared with the Soviet Union of back then.

Today's Russia is not to be compared with the Soviet Union of back then.

Angela Merkel
Germany stands in the fight against terrorism at France's side, united with many, many others. I am convinced that, despite all the difficulties, we shall win this fight.

Germany stands in the fight against terrorism at France's side, united with many, many others. I am convinced that, despite all the difficulties, we shall win this fight.

Angela Merkel
Germany's strength lies largely in the fact that the Federal Republic is a center of industry and that it's an export nation.

Germany's strength lies largely in the fact that the Federal Republic is a center of industry and that it's an export nation.

Angela Merkel
You can much better have an influence on the debate when you sit at the bargaining table and you can give input.

You can much better have an influence on the debate when you sit at the bargaining table and you can give input.

Angela Merkel
We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.

We feel bound to the Christian image of humanity - that is what defines us. Those who do not accept this are in the wrong place here.

Angela Merkel
It is nonsense to say that Germans are unable to change.

It is nonsense to say that Germans are unable to change.

Angela Merkel
Spying among friends is never acceptable.

Spying among friends is never acceptable.

Angela Merkel
I don't carry any early childhood trauma around with me, if that's what you're hinting at. The story of the bicycles - and there were three of them which were stolen from me - I've dealt with it well.

I don't carry any early childhood trauma around with me, if that's what you're hinting at. The story of the bicycles - and there were three of them which were stolen from me - I've dealt with it well.

Angela Merkel
To grow up in the neighborhood of handicapped people was an important experience for me. I learned back then to treat them in a very normal way.

To grow up in the neighborhood of handicapped people was an important experience for me. I learned back then to treat them in a very normal way.

Angela Merkel
That is why everyone in politics, and we do it, must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.

That is why everyone in politics, and we do it, must make sure that they do not depend on one single interest group. A good compromise is one where everybody makes a contribution.

Angela Merkel
For me, it is always important that I go through all the possible options for a decision.

For me, it is always important that I go through all the possible options for a decision.

Angela Merkel
When I'm stirring a saucepan, I don't say to myself, 'Now the chancellor is stirring a saucepan.'

When I'm stirring a saucepan, I don't say to myself, 'Now the chancellor is stirring a saucepan.'

Angela Merkel
Let us answer the terrorists by living our values with courage.

Let us answer the terrorists by living our values with courage.

Angela Merkel
This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed.

This multicultural approach, saying that we simply live side by side and live happily with each other has failed. Utterly failed.

Angela Merkel
We are a country based on democracy, tolerance, and openness to the world.

We are a country based on democracy, tolerance, and openness to the world.

Angela Merkel
We know that our life of freedom is stronger than terror.

We know that our life of freedom is stronger than terror.

Angela Merkel
We will have to accept a certain degree of legal immigration; that's globalisation... In the era of the smartphone, we cannot shut ourselves away... people know full well how we live in Europe.

We will have to accept a certain degree of legal immigration; that's globalisation... In the era of the smartphone, we cannot shut ourselves away... people know full well how we live in Europe.

Angela Merkel
I chose to pursue a career in physics because there the truth isn't so easily bent.

I chose to pursue a career in physics because there the truth isn't so easily bent.

Angela Merkel
Nobody in Europe will be abandoned. Nobody in Europe will be excluded. Europe only succeeds if we work together.

Nobody in Europe will be abandoned. Nobody in Europe will be excluded. Europe only succeeds if we work together.

Angela Merkel
The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.

The question is not whether we are able to change but whether we are changing fast enough.

Angela Merkel
At German unification, we were lucky to get so much help from West Germany. Now, we have the good fortune of being able to help each other in Europe.

At German unification, we were lucky to get so much help from West Germany. Now, we have the good fortune of being able to help each other in Europe.

Angela Merkel
As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.

As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.

Angela Merkel
We believe that from both a German and a Polish perspective, it is desirable for Great Britain to remain in the European Union.

We believe that from both a German and a Polish perspective, it is desirable for Great Britain to remain in the European Union.

Angela Merkel
India needs jobs, Germany needs people, and collaboration is crucial to meet the demographic needs of both countries.

India needs jobs, Germany needs people, and collaboration is crucial to meet the demographic needs of both countries.

Angela Merkel
I believe those that produce the least emissions in autos will also be those who have the greatest success worldwide.

I believe those that produce the least emissions in autos will also be those who have the greatest success worldwide.

Angela Merkel
The willingness to learn new skills is very high.

The willingness to learn new skills is very high.

Angela Merkel
Controversial disputes are a part of democratic culture.

Controversial disputes are a part of democratic culture.

Angela Merkel