Editor's note: 23 Sep 2012: With the German election over, we are putting this outside the paywall.
The latest opinion polls in Germany show Angela Merkel at her most popular. But her governing coalition partner FDP will almost certainly miss the 5% hurdle in Germany's general election, leaving the political landscape very uncertain.
Merkel, as a political figure, has gone from strength to strength, with her personal poll numbers consistently showing widespread popularity amongst the German electorate. This has puled her party up to its highest poll numbers since Merkel's election as Chancellor in 2005. Right now, the CDU/CSU parties are polling at 42% for this year's general election while the challenging SPD party is only polling at 25%. That puts Merkel in the best position to form a ...
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Edward Harrison is the founder of Credit Writedowns and a former career diplomat, investment banker and technology executive with over twenty five years of business experience. He has also been a regular economic and financial commentator in print and on television for the past decade. He speaks six languages and reads another five, skills he uses to provide a more global perspective. Edward holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Dartmouth College.