Opinion A Chancellor Cut Down to Size

Germany's Free Democrats owe their impressive election result on Sunday in part to the political weakness of Christian Democrat Angela Merkel during her first four years as chancellor, which drove voters to the FDP. Voters are hoping that a strong FDP in the government will force Merkel to become a stronger chancellor.
Von Gabor Steingart
Angela Merkel on the balcony of the Chancellery in Berlin: Voters have injected the courage from outside that the German chancellor lacks.

Angela Merkel on the balcony of the Chancellery in Berlin: Voters have injected the courage from outside that the German chancellor lacks.

Foto: WOLFGANG RATTAY/ Reuters
Photo Gallery: Victory for Angela Merkel
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Photo Gallery: Victory for Angela Merkel

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