Derek Scally, The Irish Times | February 5, 2010
After the first 100 days of her second term, Angela Merkel is receiving poor reviews from both the German public and the media. ++ The new “political dream team” of the Christian Democrats and the Free Democrats is quickly turning into a nightmare. ++ Many argue that the Christian Democrats’ vague campaign has translated into a dull second term agenda. ++ “She has been stung by critics who say she isn’t so much leading her new government as moderating it.” ++ Conditions for Merkel are expected to worsen before they improve.