Wikileaks controversy: Angela Merkel wears the trousers in Europe
Angela Merkel is the "undisputed" leader of the EU as no other European leader is man enough for the role, according to the leaked US cables writes Bruno Waterfield in Brussels.
Detailed American assessments of the German Chancellor and her coalition governments, first with the Social Democrats and then after September 2009 the liberal FDP, portray a leader who only stands out because of the low quality of other leaders.
"Angela Merkel's role as Germany's and Europe's leader is undisputed. No other leader of a large member state is politically fit enough to offer himself up as a leader," noted a confidential cable in April 2007.
However, she is conscious her strength derives largely from the weakness of her counterparts and other factors beyond her control."
The documents say she used Lisbon Treaty negotiations to assert "German and her personal leadership" over the EU during a period when Tony Blair was handing power to Gordon Brown and Nicolas Sarkozy was not yet French President. (© Daily Telegraph, London)