Sunday 17 December 2017

Merkel has all the attributes to steer the eurozone through refugee crisis

German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

To use an Irish expression, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a 'class act'. Political observers in Germany speak of her "unshakeable intellectual self-confidence", while at the same time remaining popular as an "honest unspun politician".

She is now the longest serving European leader having been elected German Chancellor in 2005. And her experience shows. Even while battling opposition to the third Greek bailout this week within her own parliament and CDU party, she did not lose sight of the big picture.

Having won Bundestag approval for the deal, despite rebellion in her own party, she had the foresight to predict "the next major European project is the asylum crisis, in which we show whether we can really take joint action".

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