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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?

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Daniel Larison is a senior editor at TAC, where he also keeps a solo blog. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.

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