Merkel ill deserves the praise that has been lavished on her. Yes, of course she's better than Sarkozy and Hollande, but that's not saying a lot. If anybody deserves sympathy and praise it is the majority of the German people who are belatedly starting to demonstrate their long standing opposition to the Euro. Germany's strength derives from their hard work, not from Merkel or any other German politician. The Germans deserve better leaders than they have had to put up with.