Political Differences

A Letter To America

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Cut from different cloths?
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The author argues that the German system of compromise and efficiency trumps the combative U.S. system.

  • Facts


    • Angela Merkel was sworn in as Germany’s first female chancellor in 2005.
    • In 2013, voter turnout for German national elections was 71 percent.
    • German political parties spent €242.6 million ($266.2 million) on election campaigning in 2009; $7 billion was spent on the 2012 U.S. presidential election.
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Dear Americans,

Right now you’re wishing you had someone like Angela Merkel, a leader who runs our country without any showmanship. She doesn’t play golf, has no private foundation, the only known luxury she allows herself is a summer house in eastern Germany.

But I have to warn you, you’d probably be bored to death.

We are the country of super trade-offs. We’re a bit like our favorite TV crime series “Tatort.” At times without humor, at times without suspense, but unfailingly on air every Sunday evening, 45 years long.

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