Michael Burda, 17 October 2006

Germany’s government led by Angela Merkel is about to celebrate one year’s existence. The grand coalition is failing because the politicians still don’t agree on the correct solution to Germany’s problems. But this is not all their fault. Germany is a functioning democracy and deserves the leadership and policies it gets.

Michael Burda, 01 March 2006

Written February 2006: the first 100 days of Angela Merkel has been something of a sensation. Yet, with her unheard-of approval rating of 80%, the party hasn’t even started. And it’s a race against time: grand coalitions tend to self-destruct as soon as the low-hanging fruit is gone.


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