Germany has a new leader, it's first woman and it's first chancellor from the former GDR. So why aren't Germans excited about all this? As I've elaborated in this week's Weekly Standard (yes, I am linking to myself), because Angela Merkel is presiding over a so-called Grand Coalition that includes her adversaries in the Social Democratic party, people are giving her at most two years before the whole thing collapses.
But at the very least we bid farewell to Gerhard Schröder, who recently told a group of trade unionists: "I do not want to name any catastrophes where you can see what happens if organized state action is absent. I could name countries, but the position I still hold forbids it. But everyone knows I mean America."
And zis is how ve say 'goodbye' in Germany, Dr. Jones...
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