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Leonid Bershidsky

How Angela Merkel Wins While Disappointing Everyone

No one is happy about her refugee deal, but her solution will work well enough for now.
Class is in session.

Class is in session.

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By accepting an upper limit to the number of immigrants Germany will accept for humanitarian reasons, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made one of her trademark compromises: no one is happy, but her solution will work well enough for now. Forming a governing coalition in the next few months will require a few more of these.

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