Merkel’s memoirs, titled ‘Freedom’, to be published late Nov

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Merkel's memoirs, titled 'Freedom', to be published late Nov

Former German chancellor Angela Merkel's memoirs, titled "Freedom. Memories 1954 – 2021," are to be published in late November, three years after the end of her 16-year tenure, her publisher announced on Monday, reported dpa.

Merkel, who led the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU), weathered a number of crises during her time in office, including Europe's high influx of migrants in 2015 and the Covid-19 pandemic.

The former chancellor co-wrote the book with her long-time political advisor, Beate Baumann.

According to publisher Kiepenheuer & Witsch, the book will look back on Merkel's life in two German states – 35 years in communist East Germany and 35 years in reunified Germany.

In a press release, Merkel, who was born in Hamburg in 1954 but moved to the former East Germany with her family shortly afterwards, explained that the question of freedom, on a political and personal level, has preoccupied her all her life.

"Without democracy there is no freedom, no constitutional state, no protection of human rights," she said.

On a personal level, she added, freedom means "not stopping learning, not having to stand still, but being able to go further, even after leaving politics."

The book will appear worldwide in over 30 countries, the publisher announced.

Merkel was at the helm of Europe's biggest economy for 16 years between 2005 and 2021. She was also Germany's first female chancellor.


  1. JoshuaSmith says

    It’s inspiring to see Angela Merkel reflecting on her life and values in her memoir. Her perspective on freedom encapsulates the essence of democracy and human rights. Looking forward to delving into her experiences across two German states.

  2. JohnSmith says

    Angela Merkel’s memoirs, titled “Freedom. Memories 1954 – 2021,” sound like a fascinating read. Her insights on democracy, freedom, and her personal journey are sure to be enlightening. Looking forward to diving into her experiences and reflections.

  3. EmilySmith78 says

    Angela Merkel’s memoirs seem like a fascinating reflection on her impactful legacy, particularly in addressing key challenges such as the migrant crisis and the pandemic. It’s interesting to see her perspective on freedom both politically and personally, spanning her journey through two different German states.

  4. EmilySmith123 says

    I think Angela Merkel’s memoirs will provide valuable insights into the challenges she faced and the decisions she made during her long political career. It’s interesting to see her perspective on freedom and how it has shaped her life both personally and politically. I look forward to reading the book and gaining a deeper understanding of her experiences.

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