Letter from Berlin Germany's Lonely Chancellor

Angela Merkel's partners in Europe are angry, her opposition at home is more aggressive than ever, and she even faces increasingly vocal criticism from within her own ranks. This is the toughest period of her chancellorship so far, and there is no prospect that things will get any easier for her.
These are hard times for Angela Merkel.

These are hard times for Angela Merkel.

Markus Schreiber/ AP
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan