Merkel Leadership Style Will Remain Unchanged by Reelection – SPIEGEL ONLINE

European Commissioner Olli Rehn

European Commissioner Olli Rehn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany

Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is an excellent MUST READ article from Spiegel. Check it out!

via Merkel Leadership Style Will Remain Unchanged by Reelection – SPIEGEL ONLINE.

The Spiegel article is right that the German public need to wake up to the risks. Of course, with Spiegel’s  mass circulation in Germany, the media is certainly trying to get the message across.

This week we have seen Europe’s growth statistics for Q2, and Germany had a strong quarter compared to Q1 on the back of consumer growth. However, many sober analysts have focused on the lower levels of investment from German industry and more alarmingly the state of some major German banks; perhaps this explains why Angela Merkel was lukewarm to some of the European Commission  proposals to reform regulation of Europe’s banks proposed by Olli Rehn?

Let me turn this to an open question:

When do you think that the German public will wake up to the risks facing Germany and what are the likely consequences?

Any thoughts?

 

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‘West Lake’ in China’s Anhui – Pingtian lake – People’s Daily Online

West Lake

West Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Evening scenes of Hangzhou's West Lake

Evening scenes of Hangzhou’s West Lake (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

China Hangzhou Westlake, gate

China Hangzhou Westlake, gate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Qian King Temple in the West Lake in ...

English: Qian King Temple in the West Lake in Hangzhou, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A small version of the West Lake of Hangzhou, ...

A small version of the West Lake of Hangzhou, China inside the Gifu Park, Gifu, Japan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Leifeng Pagoda as seen from West Lake in Hangz...

Leifeng Pagoda as seen from West Lake in Hangzhou, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: West Lake in Hangzhou, China.

English: West Lake in Hangzhou, China. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

West Lake 西湖 - Yang Causeway 杨公堤

West Lake 西湖 – Yang Causeway 杨公堤 (Photo credit: Kwong Yee Cheng)

Here are some amazing photgraphs of China’s famous West Lake, published in the People’s Daily Online. Check it out!

‘West Lake’ in China’s Anhui – Pingtian lake – People’s Daily Online.

Seeing these wonderful photos reminded me how much we enjoyed West Lake last October and prompted me to reread our blog on West Lake. One quick tip, if you plan to visit West Lake, Hangzhou, China, try to avoid the first week in October which is national holiday because West Lake gets circa three million visitors!

Any views?

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