Angela Merkel's Conservatives look set to be the strongest block in the parliament after the upcoming national election in Germany. The country's economy is in robust shape in spite of the European debt crisis. But it is still not clear that Merkel will be reelected. Germany's European neighbours, too, are looking with interest - and mixed feelings - at the continent's largest economy.
Many people in southern Europe are suffering under the austerity which Angela Merkel has promoted as the response to the crisis. If Greeks and Spaniards could vote in Germany's election, the Chancellor would stand little chance of staying in office. Yet many observers from around Europe see in Merkel the only politician who can hold the continent together during the crisis.
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