German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, is celebrating her first year in office. It coincides with a long-awaited economic upturn. But political expert, Professor Manfred Gortemaker, says the German Chancellor’s “left-right grand coalition still has lots to do. “Angela Merkel is much stronger than many people tend to believe. She’s under a certain amount of stress within the grand coalition and there have to compromises all the time.”
In the year since she took power as Germany’s first female chancellor, she’s repaired ties with Washington and maintained Berlin’s special relationship with France. However the diplomatic successes that have boosted her image abroad have not been matched on the home front where her popularity has plummeted and face down rivals in her coalition who have diluted her domestic agenda so far.