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The Economist (April 14)

2018/ 04/ 16 by jd in Global News

“Germany is entering a new era. It is becoming more diverse, open, informal and hip.” As the Merkel era draws to a close, “many of the country’s defining traits—its ethnic and cultural homogeneity, conformist and conservative society, and unwillingness to punch its weight in international diplomacy—are suddenly in flux.”

 

Financial Times (February 12)

2018/ 02/ 13 by jd in Global News

“What happened in the UK in 2016 is now happening in Germany. A referendum is causing total havoc in the political system.” The members of the centre-left Social Democratic party must vote on whether to support the life sustaining coalition cobbled together by Angela Merkel. The party leadership does not appear to have a majority. “Even if there is a narrow vote in favour, it is hard to see how this coalition, and Ms Merkel, can last a full term.”

 

Bloomberg (November 20)

2017/ 11/ 21 by jd in Global News

“After 12 years in office that have made her Europe’s anchor of stability in times of crisis, Merkel failed to stitch together an alliance that’s never been tried at the national level. While the breakdown leaves her in charge as acting chancellor, the collapse may signal the limit of her pragmatic, non-ideological style of governing and leaves her options for staying in power for another four years dramatically narrowed.”

 

The Economist (September 30)

2017/ 10/ 01 by jd in Global News

“Who leads Europe? At the start of this year, the answer was obvious. Angela Merkel…. This week, it all looks very different.” Post election, Germany’s leader stands greatly reduced. In contrast, “France’s President Emmanuel Macron is bursting with ambition.”  Whether he will be able to “restore France to centre-stage in the EU after a decade in the chorus depends not just on his plans for Europe, but also on his success at home, reforming a country long seen as unreformable.”

 

Deutsche Welle (September 25)

2017/ 09/ 27 by jd in Global News

“Sunday’s federal election proved quite a storm for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. Now, a day after these remarkable results, the skies over Berlin’s River Spree are cloudy, drizzly, and unpleasant. The sunny days are over.” The inclement forecast is largely due to the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, which proved unexpectedly strong, landing a third place finish. The AfD won 94 of the Bundestag’s 709 seats. Their victory marks the first time for a right-wing party to be represented in the Bundestag since the Nazi defeat in 1945.

 

Der Spiegel (May 29)

2017/ 05/ 30 by jd in Global News

“Merkel has positioned herself more clearly than ever before as Europe’s defender in the face of the Trump challenge — a role that her SPD challenger Martin Schulz had been hoping to play. The SPD can do little more than agree with the chancellor. On Monday, Schulz tweeted ‘the best response to Donald Trump is a strong Europe’ — which is essentially exactly what Merkel said.”

 

Financial Times (November 7)

2014/ 11/ 07 by jd in Global News

Germany needs to take a more “active role in a disordered world,” and this means articulating their foreign policy. “Ms Merkel has built her political career on caution–on taking the temperature and weighing all the options before acting…. But leadership in foreign policy demands something more: an understanding that doing nothing can be more dangerous than doing something, and a readiness to step out in front of the crowd. Consensus may be comforting; it does not impress the likes of Mr Putin.”

 

Investment Week (January 8)

2013/ 01/ 10 by jd in Global News

Is the Euro crisis over? The answer depends on who’s speaking. In Lisbon, José Manuel Barroso, the president of the European Commission, declared the crisis was over. But “Barroso’s comments were in stark contrast to those given by German chancellor Angela Merkel, who said in her New Year’s address that the euro crisis, though improving, was ‘far from over.’”

 

The Economist (October 13)

2012/ 10/ 15 by jd in Global News

“The decision made on October 10th by Britain’s BAE Systems, the world’s third-biggest defence firm, and EADS, the Franco-German owner of Airbus, to call off their proposed €38 billion ($50 billion) merger is a bitter blow both to the two companies and to hopes for the emergence of a more integrated European defence and aerospace industry.” Ultimately, it was Angela Merkel who blocked the deal and this was unfortunate. “Germany was wrong to stand in the way of a more integrated European defence and aerospace industry.”

 

New York Times (June 19)

2012/ 06/ 21 by jd in Global News

Finally, the “leaders of the Group of 20 top economies managed to say some of the right things…. The question now is whether these words will ever translate into effective action. If the past two years of the euro crisis is any guide, the likely answer is no.” The Times places much of the blame with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel for a “relentless insistence on self-defeating austerity and piecemeal rescue plans.”

Finally, the “leaders of the Group of 20 top economies managed to say some of the right things…. The question now is whether these words will ever translate into effective action. If the past two years of the euro crisis is any guide, the likely answer is no.” The Times places much of the blame with Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel for a “relentless insistence on self-defeating austerity and piecemeal rescue plans.”

 

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