The World from Berlin 'If Merkel Doesn't Start Leading, Others Will Take Charge'

Chancellor Angela Merkel is under fire from her own party for being too aloof and not showing enough leadership as her coalition bickers over Afghanistan and the economy. Media commentators say she seems "strangely removed" these days, and that voters have a right to expect her to take a firmer grip on the reins.
Angela Merkel, pictured here during a parliamentary debate in December, has seemed "strangely removed" recently, one media commentator says.

Angela Merkel, pictured here during a parliamentary debate in December, has seemed "strangely removed" recently, one media commentator says.

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-- David Crossland