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Merkel the New, Weak Chancellor of Germany

There has been little cheer in Germany’s business community now that Angela Merkel is headed to take the chancellery from Gerhard Schroeder.

The country’s leading tabloid, the Bild, flashed the conservative leader’s smile across the front page after the deal with Schroeder’s Social Democrats Party (SPD) was announced.

But one of the top business dailies, Handelsblatt, picked a more sobering shot.

It showed Merkel with her hands in the air as she tried to put positive spin on progress toward a so-called grand coalition.

“Merkel pays a high price to move into the chancellery,” it headlined.

The Social Democrats lost last month’s election by just 1 percent, and — in less than three weeks of negotiation –secured more than half the ministries in the government. ~CNN

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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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