Thomas Molloy: Gulf between Cowen and Merkel not easily bridged
Published 17/11/2010 | 05:00
IN times of crisis, personality, instinct and personal history matter. Brian Cowen and Angela Merkel, the two people at the centre of this week's drama, are divided by a gulf in belief and upbringing that is almost impossible to bridge.
It goes a long way to explaining why the leaders of two long-term allies are so unable to find common ground.
Merkel is the daughter of a Lutheran pastor who was discriminated against by the authorities for her father's religious beliefs. She trained as a scientist and then became a dissident, fighting the system in East Germany when few thought the communist government would ever fall.