Drab and dull Merkel will spark German mania

Angela Merkel's personal style is the antithesis of charisma: it suits Europe's can-kicking, buck-passing and sleep-walking perfectly. And it fascinates German voters, who are certain to elect her for another four years.

Surprisingly, readers of this column often ask me: who is going to win this year’s German federal election? I find it so surprising because the result, just about nine months ahead of election day, already looks like a foregone conclusion.

Bar a natural disaster or a Martian invasion, Angela Merkel will be re-elected as chancellor. Only two questions remain: Who will she govern with? And what will she actually do in her third term?

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