Euro Charm Offensive Merkel Acts to Polish Poor Image Abroad

Iron lady, leader of the Fourth Reich, lacking compassion: Chancellor Angela Merkel's image has suffered during the euro crisis. Suddenly, though, she is all smiles and full of praise for the efforts made by indebted euro-zone states. But will her charm offensive be enough to transform Germany's battered image in Europe?
Smiling her way to a new image: Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Berlin on Tuesday

Smiling her way to a new image: Chancellor Angela Merkel at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti in Berlin on Tuesday

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