Angela Merkel: German Rules

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Point maker Merkel's stance on a Greek bailout is sound

It's been a standard theme of commentary of late to say that Angela Merkel, Germany's Chancellor, could be the leader of Europe — but doesn't want the job. When Merkel took on much of the E.U., above all French President Nicolas Sarkozy, with her lonely, stubborn and ultimately victorious campaign against a Greek bailout, she became "Madame Non" in France, and Public Enemy No. 1 in Greece. At home, Joschka Fischer, the Foreign Minister of the government she ousted in 2005, gave her an F for an "extraordinary foreign policy disaster." Germany, he surmised, was no longer the "motor" of European...

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