The arts will lose their greatest advocate when Angela Merkel goesmain
With the exception of Helmut Schmidt, who played four-hand with any pianist flying in to Bonn/Cologne, Angela Merkel has been the most passionate advocate for arts funding that Germany has known in the post-War era.
Her departure in 2020 will undoubtedly bring a readjustment of priorities, especially at Bayreuth where she is a regular summer visitor.
Last night, Chancellor Merkel gave a part for the 20th anniversary of the office of the Minister of State for Culture, a role she has filled with close allies and in which she has always taken a close interest.
When the current minister, Monika Grütters, opened an exhibition on Germany at the British Museum with an acceptance of Germany’s responsibility for starting both world wars, she was summoned immediately on her return to report to the Chancellor, who promptly booked a visit of her own.