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Cruise Control Merkel Takes 'Token Politics' to New Level

German elections are four months away, and Angela Merkel is on a feel-good campaign. Visits to schools, a summit for female leaders and peaks into her private life are all meant to reassure German voters that all is well. But this requires her to put governing on hold -- a strategy that carries a number of risks.
Merkel's summit for women in leadership at the Chancellery was more a photo-op than a substantive event.

Merkel's summit for women in leadership at the Chancellery was more a photo-op than a substantive event.

DPA