A Decisive Year Merkel's To-Do List for 2013

She's as popular as ever, but will that be enough to get re-elected for a third term this year? Angela Merkel and her cabinet appear fairly confident about their prospects, but the German chancellor still has some glaring weaknesses. SPIEGEL ONLINE outlines five problems she needs to solve in 2013.
The 2013 election isn't going to win itself, despite Chancellor Merkel's ongoing popularity.

The 2013 election isn't going to win itself, despite Chancellor Merkel's ongoing popularity.

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Merkel during her New Year's address. She rarely takes a firm position on big issues.

Merkel during her New Year's address. She rarely takes a firm position on big issues.

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Merkel and Economics Minister Philipp Rösler, a member of her junior coaltion partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP): a loveless alliance.

Merkel and Economics Minister Philipp Rösler, a member of her junior coaltion partner, the Free Democratic Party (FDP): a loveless alliance.

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EU leaders in Brussels: Merkel has talked a lot about the euro crisis, but little has happened.

EU leaders in Brussels: Merkel has talked a lot about the euro crisis, but little has happened.

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Merkel (right) with her party deputy and Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen

Merkel (right) with her party deputy and Labor Minister Ursula von der Leyen

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Merkel's cabinet: Little by way of shining stars

Merkel's cabinet: Little by way of shining stars

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