A Germany of 82 Million Chancellors Why Angela Merkel's Failures Continue to Multiply

Chancellor Angela Merkel's way of governing is to gauge the popular mood and act accordingly, even if doing so is not necessarily best for Germany. The result of her populist policies is an unofficial direct democracy not seen since the days of ancient Greece. Merkel prefers to remain a soft chancellor rather than to force her country to face difficult decisions.
Angela Merkel: the "soft Chancellor."

Angela Merkel: the "soft Chancellor."

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan