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The greatest miscalculation of Merkel's career

She used to be the queen, nay, empress of Europe, but now Dr Angela Merkel, 63, is "a chancellor on the way out", as the German magazine Der Spiegel just put it.

The twilight of her reign is clearly under way, but why this Merkel-dammerung? Her problem is neither the German economy, which is booming, nor a weak and divided opposition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2018, with the headline 'The greatest miscalculation of Merkel's career'. Subscribe