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Forgot the other reasons: Does Merkel really have a history of building consensus around policy positions? Her Modus Operandi used to be to not have policy positions until there was a consensus position, which she then appropriated as always having been her position.
From the other direction Merkel floated over Europe's political system as a sort of unreachable authority. Everyone from the Greeks to May tried to appeal directly to her without ever achieving anything. I can't even imagine what Merkel would be without her dead grip over the German political system.
by generic on Fri Jun 28th, 2019 at 11:54:07 AM EST
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