"Angie" Rocks The Vote


LOOKING UP: After a faltering start, Merkel's campaign skills are improving

Angela Merkel has been speaking for about 45 minutes to a Dresden campaign rally of some 2,000 people. She's not much of an orator, but her listeners are attentive as they munch sausages and drink beer in the sunshine. Even a group dressed up as cows — holding signs that say don't milk us! to protest her proposed increase to value-added tax ( vat) — are as docile as, well, cattle. Merkel has defended the unpopular policy, meant to fund a reduction in social-security contributions from wages, by arguing that "people don't earn too much in Germany, but because of...

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