Shopkeepers normally refuse to say what she bought

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This bit says a lot about the German emphasis on privacy:

Merkel’s home life with her second husband Joachim Sauer is also fiercely private—and has been presented as so humdrum it doesn’t merit any attention. Sauer, whom she married in 1998, is a professor of physical and theoretical chemistry who works at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Merkel likes to bake at home and is occasionally snapped in local Berlin supermarkets. Locals leave her in peace, shopkeepers normally refuse to say what she bought.

The article emphasizes Merkel’s right-wing side:

So it may seem contradictory that in 2010 she declared that multiculturalism in Germany had “utterly failed.” She also refuses to identify herself as a feminist, and voted against same-sex marriage this year because, for her, it was unconstitutional.

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