December 6, 2012

Merkel Is the World's Master Politician

Michael Fry, The Scotsman

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There must inevitably be a comparison with the other most powerful woman in the world to date, Margaret Thatcher, at the corresponding stage in her career. That would have been in 1987, when she faced an election at which she was bound to lose some of the huge majority she had won at the climax of her electoral career in 1983. The prospect was already a pretext for murmurings in her own ranks about her autocratic style and her refusal to tolerate any opposition or even questioning – not from Conservatives, let alone from anybody else. It was the start of the decay in her position which would bring her down before the next parliament was over.

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