Angela Merkel on the Fall of the Wall 'I Wanted to See the Rockies and Listen to Springsteen'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel was 35 when the Berlin Wall came down. In an interview, she speaks of her dreams as a citizen of East Germany, the divide between Germany's East and West and the rise of the populists during her tenure.
Angela Merkel speaks to DER SPIEGEL about life in East Germany, the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification.

Angela Merkel speaks to DER SPIEGEL about life in East Germany, the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification.

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"Fundamentally, I wish West German politicians had displayed more curiosity and interest," Merkel says.

"Fundamentally, I wish West German politicians had displayed more curiosity and interest," Merkel says.

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Merkel speaks to DER SPIEGEL about her experiences in East Germany.

Merkel speaks to DER SPIEGEL about her experiences in East Germany.

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Merkel with the two DER SPIEGEL editors, Melanie Amann and Florian Gathmann.

Merkel with the two DER SPIEGEL editors, Melanie Amann and Florian Gathmann.

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"One must expect to encounter headwinds and indignant counterarguments," Merkel says.

"One must expect to encounter headwinds and indignant counterarguments," Merkel says.

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