Towards A Good Samaritan World

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Coming soon: German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

Opinion polls show the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) way ahead of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's Social Democrats (SPD), with Mrs Merkel poised to become Germany's first female leader.

Very good news. But one thing is puzzling: why is Merkel popular when Schroeder's reforms are unpopular? And when Merkel's party has the following hope:

"There will be new elections in Germany. This means a change in the content and style of politics," he said.

"Then the hard work will begin. Our leader, Angela Merkel, will carry out the kind of economic reforms that were implemented in Britain over the last 15 years."

Then again, why "the last 15 years?" It's under Thatcher that the really useful reforms in Britain were implemented. For those, you have to go back 25 years. Merkel's likely victory will be a huge step forward. But I'm not bullish on Germany yet.


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