Политическая стагнация Германии

Год назад Ангела Меркель, новый обаятельный канцлер Германии, находилась на заключительной фазе своей избирательной кампании. Опросы общественного мнения выявили огромное отставание от нее тогдашнего канцлера Герхарда Шредера, и Меркель решила, что ее ждет победа с таким преимуществом, что можно позволить себе разъяснить жестокость программы либеральной экономии, очерченной в ее избирательной кампании. Она даже объявила об увеличении налога на добавленную стоимость, которое ее новое правительство действительно решило ввести в 2007 году.

Но германские избиратели не оценили ее честность. Когда она назвала профессора права Пола Кирчхофа, выступавшего за введение в Германии налога по единой ставке, в качестве кандидата на пост министра финансов, избирательная легкость Ангелы Меркель превратилась в кошмар. Она потеряла практически все свое лидерство и, в конечном итоге, одержала победу лишь с мизерным превосходством, которого было недостаточно для осуществления предпочтительной коалиции с либералами. Вместо этого ей пришлось сформировать коалицию с социал-демократической партией Шредера, хотя и без непосредственного участия самого Шредера.

Скоро закончится первый год правления госпожи Меркель. Он был успешным в плане международных отношений. Ангелина завоевала уважение партнеров по ЕС и сумела наладить подпорченные отношения с США. Ее непретенциозный нрав и умственные способности (она является обладателем докторской степени в области физики) быстро завоевали ей уважение, даже со стороны Владимира Путина, на языке которого она свободно говорит.

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