Book Chapter

Merkel Responds to Reem: What We should be Training Mediators for

Anthony Pym

Getting Translated | Tinta Könyvkiadó | Published : 2019


On July 15, 2015, German Chancellor Angela Merkel participated in a televised questionand-answer session with schoolchildren in Rostock. Reported on Spanish television, fourteen-year-old Palestinian Reem Sahwil asked the Chancellor why she, Reem, could not stay in Germany; Merkel answered that Germany could simply not accept everyone from the Middle East and Africa, adding that “politics is hard”; Reem began to cry;Merkel went to comfort her—politics is hard, but the Chancellor, affectionately known as “Mutti” (Mum) can be soft. She responded.

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