Angela Merkel

By Stefan Kornelius

Translated by Anthea Bell

ISBN: 9781846883187

300 pages

RRP: £7.99

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.

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  • [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.


  • 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

  • [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 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

  • 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

  • Kornelius helps to bring Merkel to life.

    The Times

Stefan Kornelius

Stefan Kornelius was born in 1966 and is head of the foreign policy department of Süddeutsche Zeitung. After years working as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Kornelius returned to Berlin in 1999. Since 2000 he has been responsible for foreign policy reporting and is in close contact with Chancellor Merkel and her main advisers.