The World From Berlin 'Merkel Was Blackmailed Pretty Brutally'

Angela Merkel is being portrayed as the loser of last week's EU summit, and she only has herself to blame after her uncompromising talk beforehand, write German commentators. The deal amounts to 'institutionalized irresponsibility," says one. Others call it an inevitable move to shore up Spain and Italy.
Sidelined? Chancellor Merkel, with (from right to left) Italian Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, French President Francois Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Sidelined? Chancellor Merkel, with (from right to left) Italian Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, French President Francois Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

Foto: Cristiano Laruffa/ dpa
-- David Crossland