Friday 24 November 2017

Angela merkel – Getting to know you

John Boland

The Making of Merkel with Andrew Marr (BBC Two) is an odd title for a programme, though not as odd as Women Behind Bars with Trevor McDonald (UTV). What exactly was the old boy up to?

Alas, it came too late in the week's schedules for me to find out, though Marr's profile of Merkel proved to be rewarding, if only because so few of us know much about the life and early career of the German chancellor.

Marr, too, confessed himself stumped by some aspects of Merkel, but that seemed to be because she doesn't go in for the cult of personality encouraged by most politicians. Or, as Marr put it, "she loves opera, but she's never the diva".

Irish Independent

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