‘In Their Own Words: Angela Merkel’ Review: Never Underestimate This Woman’s Power

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Angela Merkel, who left office earlier this month, has been constantly underestimated, “which becomes in a way like her superpower,” says historian Jennifer Jenkins during “In Their Own Words:

Angela Merkel.

Helmut Kohl,

we learn, used to call her “the girl,” which may have been both affectionate and patronizing. But many German politicians who simply underrated her political genius are now, as the writer George Packer puts it, “in other walks of life.”

‘In Their Own Words: Angela Merkel’

Tuesday, 8 p.m., PBS

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