Germans Get Wise: Merkel In Precipitous Decline
According to recent polls in Germany, Chancellor Merkel’s approval rating has dropped almost twenty points since the end of January to 37%. As the magazine Sternputs it: “Merkel puts off voters.” She is as unbeliebt as Mr. Bush, and she has dragged the CDU down from its weak September showing of 35% to a meager 31%. She is still the preferred option for Chancellor over the SPD leader Kurt Beck, but she has obviously lost a great deal of ground–and her close association with Mr. Bush cannot have helped her. My only question all along has been: why did the Union ever think that she was the suitablecandidate to be Chancellor in the first place?