She went through a bad patch there, but Angela Merkel has righted herself and now appears to be on course to replace Schroeder as German Chancellor.
The Times reports:
THE Angela Merkel bandwagon looks unstoppable. Polls continue to give her Christian Democrat and Free Democrat coalition a strong lead and, unless the shy East German slips up — it is a real risk, as she is notoriously inept on the stump — the question for Europeans is no longer what are her chances of forming a government but what chance has she in government? Can she shake up a slothful, corpulent Germany and restore it to its position as Europe’s prime motor?Read it here.
See also the CNN report here.
They call her the "Teutonic Thatcher". Well, if she can be half as effective as Maggie was she'll be a blazing success. The entire EU could stand with a lot of "Iron Ladies" on the Thatcher model.