A Fresh Start in Europe Is a Milder Merkel in the Cards?

Angela Merkel's tough-nosed euro policies have divided the Continent and earned her a reputation for coldness. Now that the election has strengthened her hand and freed her of pesky partners, she has a chance to reshape her stance.
Will a strengthened hand allow Chancellor Merkel escape her bad rep? Here, a wooden sculpture of her is burned in Valencia, Spain, in March 2013.

Will a strengthened hand allow Chancellor Merkel escape her bad rep? Here, a wooden sculpture of her is burned in Valencia, Spain, in March 2013.

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Photo Gallery: The German Election in Numbers