May 17th, 2012


Merkel perpares for the social-democrat assault

The pendulum is swinging once more in Europe. And there could've hardly been a more convenient time for Hollande's visit to Germany than the present moment. Just a couple of days after Merkel's painful defeat at the Nordrhein-Westfallen (NRW) local elections. The triumph of the social-democrats in the most populous and most prosperous German province was like tail-winds for the French socialist. And he didn't miss the chance to sharpen the tone towards Merkel's conservative government. He did it as early as last Sunday, even before the election results were known. Because he was already sniffing CDU's defeat. And his nose didn't let him down.

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