Angela Merkel, although currently suffering from her lowest approval ratings in four years as a result of a domestic backlash over her handling of the European refugee crisis, she is without doubt the most formidable leader within the EU if not the Free World, as I think she is.
As a woman who suffered in East Germany during the dreadful communist era, she knows what it is like to be a refugee fleeing from a dastardly regime in your own country where death and destruction of the innocent has torn to shreds every human consideration of the sanctity of life as we perceive it in a civilised and humanitarian culture.
Her empathy to the cause of the refugees is to be admired, despite the difficulties that may ensue because of the enormity of the problem – which quite frankly looks almost beyond a workable solution.
Yet her efforts are that of a woman of courage who is not easily cowed into giving up on her religiously held viewpoint of charitable deeds to alleviate the pain of others.
As a consequence, there is now mounting speculation that she will win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for her leadership on this issue.
The German Chancellor has emerged as firm favourite for the 2015 prize, the winner of which will be announced by the Norwegian Nobel Committee this Friday.
I pray that she will win it to prove that caring among politicians is not totally dead and its resurgence in the person of Angela Merkel is a good omen for the future.