Friday 24 November 2017

Madeline Chambers: Loathed, feared and demonised, why Germany’s Frau Nein is not for turning

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny
German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Taoiseach Enda Kenny

DEMONISED in Europe's media as a red-eyed Terminator robot, a flabby centre-fold pinup and a fleshy Roman god eating Greeks, German Chancellor Angela Merkelhas become the subject of a new wave of vitriol for her tough stance on the euro zone crisis.

Already a figure of hate in Greece for insisting on austerity in exchange for aid, Merkel has long endured montages of herself in a Nazi uniform, but the runup to this week's EU summit has unleashed particularly savage images and headlines.

Politicians from Paris to Washington are piling pressure on Merkel, leader of Europe's biggest economy, to solve the debt crisis which threatens to derail the global economy.

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