Merkel, Europe’s most powerful leader who will play a key role in shaping London’s future relationship with the EU, told German broadcaster ZDF whoever it was, would not be able to “cherrypick” what she wants to keep from its EU membership while jettisoning other aspects.
She said: “The decision (of Britons to leave the EU) has been taken .. and the next step is – and Britain will do this only when they have a new prime minister – to invoke Article 50.
“I expect that to happen. I deal with reality and I firmly expect that application will be made.
“We have spoken to Britain and made clear there will be no negotiations with Britain until they have made their application, and there will be no cherry picking.”
When Article 50 is envied ‘divorce’ proceedings between the bloc and Britain will begin after British voters backed Brexit in the June 23 referendum.
May, the current favourite to win, has previously made clear she will not rush to invoke article 50 as the tight timeframe it envisages could weaken London’s bargaining hand.
But British and EU businesses and investors are also pressing for as much clarity as possible, and as soon as possible, on future trade ties.
And Merkel will not stand for a delay.
Who is the number one woman in the Western society? Because there are a number of rising political women vying to emulate her, I post below a summary of the three-term powerful female chancellor of Germany, who is the de-facto number one in Europe. Angela Dorothea Merkel (born 17 July 1954) is a German politician and former research scientist. Merkel has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) since 2000. Having earned a doctorate as a physical chemist, Merkel entered politics in the wake of the Revolutions of 1989, briefly serving as a deputy spokesperson for the first democratically-elected East German Government in 1990.
Merkel was born Angela Dorothea Kasner in 1954, in Hamburg, Germany. Merkel has Polish ancestry through her paternal grandfather. Religion played a key role in Angela Merkel’s migration to East Germany. Her father was born a Catholic, but the Kasner family eventually converted to Lutheranism, and he studied Lutheran theology.
Like most young people in the German Democratic Republic (East Germany), Merkel was a member of the Free German Youth (FDJ), the official youth movement sponsored by the ruling Socialist Unity Party. At school, she learned to speak Russian fluently, and was awarded prizes for her proficiency in Russian and Mathematics.
In 1989, Merkel got involved in the growing democracy movement after the fall of the Berlin Wall, joining the new party Democratic Awakening. Merkel stood for election at the 1990 federal election. As one of Kohl’s protégées and his youngest Cabinet Minister, she was frequently referred to by Kohl as “mein Mädchen” (“my girl”). After the Kohl Government was defeated at the 1998 election, Merkel was appointed Secretary-General of the CDU. Following Merkel’s election as CDU Leader, she enjoyed considerable popularity among the German population and polls indicated that many Germans would like to see her become Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s main challenger in the 2002 election.
Merkel advocated a strong transatlantic partnership and German-American friendship. In the spring of 2003, defying strong public opposition, Merkel came out in favour of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. On 30 May 2005, Merkel won the CDU/CSU nomination as challenger to Chancellor. On 22 November 2005, Merkel assumed the office of Chancellor of Germany. In October 2010, Merkel told a meeting of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party at Potsdam that attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany had “utterly failed”, stating that:
“The concept that we are now living side by side and are happy about it” does not work and “we feel attached to the Christian concept of mankind, that is what defines us. Anyone who doesn’t accept that is in the wrong place here.” She continued to say that immigrants should integrate and adopt Germany’s culture and values.
In 2013, Merkel won one of the most decisive victories in German history. At the beginning of August 2015, Der Spiegel reported that Merkel had “evidently decided to run again in 2017”.
In 1977, Angela Kasner married physics student Ulrich Merkel and took his surname. The marriage ended in divorce in 1982. Her second and current husband is quantum chemist and professor Joachim Sauer, who has largely remained out of the media spotlight. They first met in 1981, became a couple later and married privately on 30 December 1998. She has no children.
As a female politician from a centre right party who is also a scientist, Merkel has been compared by many in the English-language press to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Some have referred to her as “Iron Lady”, “Iron Girl”, and even “The Iron Frau” (all alluding to Thatcher, whose nickname was “The Iron Lady”—Thatcher also had a science degree from Oxford University in chemistry).
(Above are excerpts from Wikipedia)