We’ll miss her when she goes

We’ll miss her when she goes

In a world grown tired of spin, the German chancellor somehow seemed above politics

German largesse was being exploited by the feckless subjects of Europe’s periphery, and Angela Merkel’s job was to stop it: this was the narrative of the euro crisis advanced by the top-selling German tabloid Bild.

In June 2012, that narrative was again on show, this time provoked by Ireland. (Unusually, the tone this time was good-humoured.) Across the front page was a photo of a group of Irish fans at the European Championships...

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