The EU's Window of Opportunity

A wave of optimism and pro-consumer sentiment is sweeping the Continent, boosted by Germany's recovery and new EU chief Angela Merkel, says Ann Mettler

I happened to be in Sweden on Jan. 1, and was amazed by the press coverage that German Chancellor Angela Merkel—whose presidency of the European Union began that day—received in this rather insulated and euroskeptic country. Returning to Brussels a few days later, journalists were calling me to ask what my expectations were for Germany's time at the helm of the EU. Strange, I thought, no reporter wanted my opinion on the Finnish or Austrian presidencies, which preceded Germany's.

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