BERLIN (Reuters) – The German military honored outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel with her highest ceremony for a civilian on Thursday, playing an eclectic mix of music of her choice that intrigued the nation.
At the “GroÃer Zapfenstreich” ceremony, reduced due to COVID-19 restrictions, the musical corps of Bundeswehr personnel performed an anthem, a song from the 1960s that includes the words “I can’t agree, I can’t manage, I still want to win, “and a 1970s punk rock hit.
The hymn “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” is a nod to Merkel’s Protestant upbringing, the ’60s song “Red roses are to rain for me” perhaps reflects her youthful ambition, while as the rock hit “You Forgot The Color Film”, was performed for the first time by East German punk artist Nina Hagen.
Born in the northern port city of Hamburg as the daughter of a Protestant pastor, Merkel grew up in Communist East Germany before taking the lead of a West German Catholic party in predominantly male, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU).
After 16 years in power, she is expected to succeed Chancellor https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-politics-idAFKBN2I90JS by Social Democrat Olaf Scholz next week.
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Merkel, 67, leaves big shoes to fill. She has sailed Germany and Europe through multiple crises and has been a champion of liberal democracy in the face of rising authoritarianism around the world.
Critics say she has managed rather than solved the problems and leaves her successor with tough decisions on many fronts.
(Written by Paul Carrel; edited by Michael Nienaber and Rosalba O’Brien)
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