ANGELA MERKEL German Chancellor Reuters Breakingviews, John Lloyd
Germans choose a government on September 24, and that government is likely to be headed, for the twelfth year running, by Angela Merkel. The uncharismatic 63-yearold may not have captured Germans’ hearts, but she has appealed so strongly to their rational selves that polls suggest they ind no reason to replace her. Under her chancellorship, Germany has changed in a fundamental sense. Her former advisor, Nikolaus Meyer-landrut (now Berlin’s ambassador in Paris) told a small group two years ago that “today, with matters concerning the euro, Germany inds itself in a different position.
HILLARY CLINTON Former US Secretary of State Guardian, Thomas Frank
How do you lose the presidency to a man like Donald Trump? He was the most unpopular presidential candidate of all time, compounding blunder with blunder and heaping gaffe upon gaffe. Keeping him from the Oval O ice should have been the single-minded mission of the Democratic party. And it should have been easy for them. Instead they lost, and now their 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton comes before us to account for this monumental failure, to tell us What Happened. Unfortunately, her new book is less an effort to explain than it is to explain away. No real blame ever settles anywhere near Clinton’s person.
DONALD TRUMP US President Denver Post, Editorial
As disappointing as President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme has been, there is some comfort to be taken in the amount of energy that has swelled up in Congress and from the president himself to save it. Heartening in Tuesday’s news is that the White House is signalling a willingness to decouple funding for Trump’s ridiculous border wall scheme . The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme protects about 800,000 teenagers and young adults brought to the country illegally when they were children.