“If we don’t pay attention to what is going on,” she told bankers, lawyers and thinkers invited by Deutsche Bank last month to mull Germany’s future, “then we will not be able to keep our standard of living.”
… “Are you sure,” she asked in the same speech, “that in 20 years’ time we will have an auto industry? Or that BASF will remain the biggest chemical concern?” Noting that Germany does not control the narrative in, say, financial markets — where influential media and ratings agencies are overwhelmingly Anglo-Saxon — she urged listeners to imagine a future very soon in which German children would all be fluent in English, and familiar with Chinese culture. (She is Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany. Source : ‘The Making of Merkel’ by Alison Smale, in the International Herald Tribune dated 30 Oct 2012.)
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