The Merkel Di­a­mond

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An­gela Merkel waits to wel­come the Ethiopian prime min­is­ter on the side­lines of an Africa con­fer­ence in Berlin yes­ter­day. The Ger­man chan­cel­lor’s sig­na­ture ges­ture of clasp­ing her hands to­gether has come to be known as the “Merkel-Raute” or the Merkel Di­a­mond, and has spurred count­less sto­ries and memes. It’s been var­i­ously branded as the iconic sym­bol of power and the se­cret sign of the Il­lu­mi­nati. “There was al­ways the ques­tion, what to do with your arms, and that’s how it came about,” Merkel once said in a more prag­matic ex­pla­na­tion. “It con­tains a cer­tain sym­me­try.”

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