Angela Merkel: Down but not out
The German Chancellor, already battered in her political standing, was dealt another blow Sunday. Regional elections resulted in a protest vote against Merkel's open-door policy for refugees, and saw her party punished in three states. Across Germany and Europe, critics in her own party will read this as the tipping point for Merkel to change her course on refugees.Rumblings will grow louder that the Chancellor's popularity, seemingly untouchable until a few months ago, is becoming ever-more unstable ahead of the 2017 national elections. However, irrespective of the noise, Merkel will not agree to a U-turn on her principled position regarding those fleeing war and persecution. Nor is the political damage she has suffered beyond repair.
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