While still living in Prague, mio marito skidded through 'home' en route from Western Europe to Eurasia, and said, simply, "Sweetheart, if we want to spend more time together, you'll have to move to either Romania or Kazakhstan".
I just rolled my eyes and took the dogs for a walk. Two months later I was unpacking our 200 boxes, a task that had become as rote as unloading a month's worth of groceries. For better or worse mio marito's nomadic lifestyle had become contagious; our latest move was both pragmatic and necessary if I wanted to spend more time with mio marito.
Speaking to the BBC, she said that when unemployment soared after the fall of the Berlin Wall, "many young people ... only had jobs because they moved to the south." Mrs Merkel said: "I think it's unfair that it is the young people especially who have to pay the bill for something they didn't do.
"But there's no way around it. We have to manufacture products or offer services in Europe that we can sell."