Merkel's Mettle

I want to thank Peter Gumbel for the excellent article on Angela Merkel [Why Everybody Loves to Hate Angela Merkel, July 16]. Although, not being a German citizen, I only admire Germany's Chancellor. Germany's strong economic position is thanks to the discipline of her citizens and strict fiscal laws. Income tax evasion is severely punished, and corruption is reduced to the minimum. Merkel has made it clear that Germany will not pay the debts of other countries. She is proving an important principle in business and politics: you have to be hard to be good.
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