Is Merkel kind of a dictator?

In the larger scheme of the World, it’s not hard to certainly say that Angela Merkel has strong dictatorial streak. Much like every other level of German society – authority figures have very high discretionary rights and very little accountability. Not just chancellor (making immigration decision) but also teacher (grading students), landlords (preferentially renting house), or nightclubs (profiling Club goers at entrance). Also, long term chancellors are quite common in Germany. Kohl was chancellor for 16 years. Adenauer 14 years. This doesn’t mean that they are dictators. When they are elected out of office, they go. The comparatively long stays in office have more to do with the German dislike of all changes.