Angela Merkel is back. Not that she has been away; but once again she has been returned as German Chancellor. As all the serious journals tell us; she is now on the brink of being the longest-serving female leader in European history, condemning  the sainted Margaret Thatcher into second place. 

It is true that Merkel is a  popular figure in German politics, although the popularity of her CDU/CSU party overall has dropped. That’s OK, though, so did the popularity of the main op...

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