Merkel’s victory will blunt her sword

Despite her remarkable election result, the German chancellor’s ability to implement her agenda will now be at the mercy of others who are far from friendly.

Following Germany’s federal election last Sunday, most international commentators concluded that Chancellor Angela Merkel has reached the zenith of her power. Her party won 41.5 per cent of the vote and missed a parliamentary majority by only five seats in a Bundestag of 630 MPs.

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