Chancellor Merkel is Down But Not Out

Angela Merkel managed to come across as self-critical but defiant at the same time. She took full responsibility for the record-breaking bad performance of her party at the state elections. But at the same she appeared decisive, determined and even calm – like a renewed CDU candidate for the federal elections in 2017.

“If I could, I would turn back time many, many years.” Here Merkel sounded wistful. Politics is about the here and now and the future. Those who try to look back too far may end up turning into a pillar of salt, like the biblical story of Lot’s wife. But Merkel’s view is that many are responsible for the failure to confront the global challenge of migration and refugees early enough. “God knows, we wouldn’t have won any prizes for our integration efforts.”

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