Political Conspiracy Theories Angela Merkel Is No KGB 'Sleeper Agent'

Ever wondered what Angela Merkel had in mind with her decision to phase out nuclear energy? Dependency on Russian energy, if you believe some prominent conspiracy theorists. They'd like you to believe the German chancellor is some kind of KGB "sleeper agent" installed by Moscow at the end of the Cold War.
Angela Merkel, then the German Women's Issues Minister, sits next to then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1991: "She has been turned."

Angela Merkel, then the German Women's Issues Minister, sits next to then-Chancellor Helmut Kohl in 1991: "She has been turned."

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Jan Fleischhauer is the author of "Der Schwarze Kanal," or "The Black Channel," SPIEGEL ONLINE's weekly conservative political column. Black is a reference to the political color of Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party, the center-right Christian Democratic Union.