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Ignore what the British media are saying—Merkel will cling on (just)

The chancellor is in another fine mess which will have consequences in both Germany and the UK. But rumours of Merkel's demise are greatly exaggerated

By Matthew Qvortrup  

CDU chairwoman and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C) comments on the failure of 'Jamaica' exploratory talks between the parties CDU, CSU, FDP and the Greens in the representative office of the state Baden-Wuerttemberg in Berlin, Germany, 20 November 2017. Photo: Bernd von Jutrczenka/dpa

The BBC was in no doubt: “the end of the Merkel era” was the way the Today Program began. The flagship program reported that the negotiations over a new German government had collapsed and that the “most likely outcome was new elections.”

It was difficult to square this with reports in the German media. As Angela Merkel’s biographer, the undersigned spent most…

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