Angela Merkel has become the German Chancellor in a moment in which Germany is open to Arab and international issues. So, will she adopt the same foreign policy as Gerhard Schröder or will she choose a new policy with regard to the international community? The conservative Chancellor is attracted to the Hebrew State but she is not concerned with the Arab problems.
This can lead people to link Merkel’s attitude with that of penultimate German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. Contrary to Schröder, Kohl never visited an Arab country during his term of office. He neither paid attention to the Arab problems nor supported the efforts of the international community to help the Arab world to do research, for instance. It seems that this is what the new Chancellor will do. Merkel has already defined her position with regard to the Constitution and the European Union by stating that any other negotiations regarding this is related to the balance of power. Likewise, she supported verbally the most restrictive proposals concerning immigration.
With regard to international relations, Merkel announced a political flexibility toward the United States, a traditional ally that Schröder faced up to during the Iraqi invasion. The disagreement had an impact on the relations between the two countries and led Germany to join the “anti-American” axis. In the economic area, could the new Chancellor apply a strategy to reduce the increasing unemployment rate? Could she improve the German social security system? Unfortunately, the answer of the Minister of Economics is not reassuring.

Alrai (Jordan)
Alrai is a jordanian daily.

أنجيلا ميركل.. افاق العمل السياسي..”, by Mofid Nahla, Alrai, November 29, 2005.