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Angela Merkel is still the most powerful leader in Europe, but she's been weakened at home

Angela Merkel is still the most powerful leader in Europe, but she's been weakened at home

Having won reelection to a fourth term leading Germany, Angela Merkel has probably reached the pinnacle of her powers abroad as Europe’s most important leader.

But, ironically, Sunday’s general election victory has left Merkel weaker than ever at home — blindsided by the rise of a nationalist far-right party whose success at the polls has badly shaken her proud conservative party.

Europe and the world may be looking increasingly to the imperturbable 63-year-old Merkel for leadership, especially now that British Prime Minister Theresa May is busy separating her country from...

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