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I don't read much German media, but I would hope that Merkel is being excoriated even in Germany for her racist comments. Certainly there seems to be a shift away from the CDU for all sorts of reasons, one of which is the mishandling of Germany's relations with the rest of the EU...
Well, there's that recent story from the Irish Times, which starts with
IF GERMAN chancellor Angela Merkel still reads the German newspapers, this was a good week to stop.

The bad reviews she has picked up around Europe in the first year of the euro zone crisis have finally begun to appear in the domestic media. "A boss without a vision" was the headline on a particularly bruising critique suggesting that, under Merkel, "Europe's largest and most economically successful country is afraid of a leadership role".

However, at the end, there's
It may be too late. Germany's relationship with the EU has deteriorated to such an extent that, among Berlin watchers, a popular parlour game is guessing who will try to scoop up Germany's new EU critical voters in the 2013 general election. A year into the euro zone crisis, the feeling around the continent is that Germany is falling out of love with Europe. But what if we are dealing with a problem of perception? Merkel has picked up the nickname "Madame Non" for her habit of stalling on bailout deals. At home critics could dub her "Frau Ja" for talking tough ahead of EU meetings and, in their eyes, returning home after apparently caving on every point.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 03:41:07 AM EST
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