Photo Gallery: Looking for the Real Merkel
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Photo Gallery: Looking for the Real Merkel

The Isolated Chancellor What Is Driving Angela Merkel?

Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a decade amassing political capital. Now, with the refugee crisis showing no signs of abating, she has decided to spend it. With her legacy in the balance, she has finally found an issue to fight for. But why now?
Merkel tries to comfort Reem Sahwil at a town meeting in Rostock on July 15, 2015.

Merkel tries to comfort Reem Sahwil at a town meeting in Rostock on July 15, 2015.

Foto: Bundesregierung.de
Graphic: Moving the Schengen border north.

Graphic: Moving the Schengen border north.

Foto: DER SPIEGEL
Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a selfie with Hassan Alasad in Berlin on Sept. 10, 2015 in Berlin.

Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a selfie with Hassan Alasad in Berlin on Sept. 10, 2015 in Berlin.

Foto: Bernd Von Jutrczenka/ dpa