January 2, 2013

Finally, a Real Challenger for Merkel

Henning Meyer, The Guardian

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2013 is now upon us and when it comes to German politics it is already clear what the climax of this year will be: the federal elections in September. As 2012 drew to a close, the election campaign was already well under way. But rather than focusing on the policies needed to overcome the many issues Europe faces, the focus has been on Peer Steinbrück, Angela Merkel's social democratic challenger. And given the general lack of scrutiny of Merkel's politics one cannot help but feel that large parts of the German media landscape have a much too cosy relationship with the incumbent chancellor.

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