The result has been a disaster of unmitigated proportions. Crime rates and other indicators of cultural conflict have risen across the continent, relations with European allies have been strained and, as already noted, a populist backlash has arisen against open borders, the EU and minorities generally. Seldom have such good intentions gone so badly awry.Thus add it all up and you end up with a Chancellor who was cautious to a fault - until she was not. A Chancellor who, at the end of the day it must be said, was not the equal of her times. There had been a tendency - too glib to be sure - to compare Merkel to Britain's former Prime Minister Lady Margaret Thatcher. At the end of the day, Merkel was no Thatcher - and that is why Merkel is now headed for the exits, albeit very much unlike Thatcher in that it being with a whimper and not a bang.
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Bailing out Greece was the right decision. She did a decent job of foreign policy and the German economy has been doing pretty well. As far as politicians go, she did well. Except for that she likes to wait until problems disappear instead of tackling them. And I would prefer it if the number of asylum seekers was toned down a bit.
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