CJ's note: This is the third in a series of eleven posts. Please refrain from commenting until the final post, as there will be numerous surprises on the list!
If the previous two entries on my list surprised those who know me, the Eighth place entry won't... it's really a no-brainer. I've made no secret of my fascination with German culture, a long-standing result of having dated a woman from Bonn many, many years ago. I love German beer, German architecture, design and art; I follow German soccer (Eintracht Braunschweig), many of my favourite bands are German, and I usually swear in German (despite not having a working grasp of the language).
Despite all that, the Eighth entry on my list isn't a footballer, musician, designer, or artist. I have also had a lifelong fascination with Ostpolitik, the Cold War, the German Autumn, and Reunification. It's interesting to see how the country has changed since WWII, both politically and socially, and of all the actors involved, there could be only one who made my list.
Ladies and gentlemen, Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel!
Considering her unique position as (arguably) the most powerful woman in the world and de facto leader of the EU, Frau Merkel would be an interesting person to sit down with, to say the least. A quiet booth in a cafe would be the ideal place to drink beer and/or Schnapps, talking about politics, religion, art, recent German history, and above all, Fussball.
Don't need to elaborate further, really.