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Angela’s clashes: Appreciating Angela Merkel as Germany goes to the polls

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Germans go to the polls today to select the successor to Angela Merkel, chancellor since 2005. She will be a tough act to follow — not only for Western Europe’s most populous nation, but for the continent it helps hold together.

The story of this sober, calm, analytical woman’s ascent to the apex of European politics in an era of bombast and cheap political stunts is inspiring, not only because of how she got there but because of how she behaved once standing at the peak.

A quantum chemist, Merkel spent the first........

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