The difficult and the easy choices facing Germany’s Angela Merkel

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are poles apart (photo:dpa)
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are poles apart (photo:dpa)

The German government, officially, sees no alternative to the present policies for safeguarding Europe’s common currency. After the federal elections in September 2013, however, one of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s key positions may have to change. But both in terms of potential coalition partners in the Bundestag and in terms of allies on the European stage, Mrs Merkel has alternatives. Resolving the eurocrisis presents uncomfortable choices for the future but choosing allies offers her some comfortable room for manoeuvre.

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel is nicknamed TINA - ‘There Is No Alternative’.

The reason is because she has repeatedly said that there is no alternativ...

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