Merkel seen neglecting German needs to focus on euro

Angela Merkel's third term, after her overwhelming election victory yesterday, is likely to force a decision on where to spend political capital: on Europe’s ills or Germany’s.

23rd September, 2013
Germany's parliament, the Reichstag

Angela Merkel's third term, after her overwhelming election victory yesterday, is likely to force a decision on where to spend political capital: on Europe’s ills or Germany’s.

While Germany ranks fourth in the global competitiveness study by the World Economic Forum thanks to policies enacted by her predecessor Gerhard Schroeder, the challenges are piling up.

Merkel must address the ageing population, shortfalls in education and infrastructure spending and ballooning pension costs,...

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