Angela Merkel, the assassin in sensible shoes

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Angela Merkel, the assassin in sensible shoes

Outgoing German leader had no time for pretensions as she coolly and calculatedly negotiated the political minefield

Features editor

Hands up everybody who likes politicians. Thought so.

Your average politician is about as popular as a rattlesnake at a baby shower – and for good reason. Most have the instincts of a hyena, the morals of an alley cat and the work ethics of a sloth. 

But there are exceptions to every rule, and if there is one politician worthy of praise it would probably be Angela Merkel. ..

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