Wooing the Workers Merkel Shifting Left to Boost Re-Election Chances

Angela Merkel is beating the opposition Social Democrats at their own game by making pensioners and workers happy with policies designed to show she is committed to social equality. She wants to deprive the SPD of all ammunition ahead of her campaign for a third term in the 2013 election.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Getting on well: Merkel and DGB trade union federation chief Michael Sommer.

Getting on well: Merkel and DGB trade union federation chief Michael Sommer.

Foto: Maurizio Gambarini/ picture alliance / dpa
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan