Europe relies on 'queen' Merkel more than ever

Europe's migrant crisis looks set to become the defining issue of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's tenureTen years after she took office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands alone as the leader of a European Union that is grappling with multiple crises, despite the fact she has been weakened domestically, analysts say. Merkel’s trailblazing decision to welcome refugees during the migration crisis came after she led the European Union’s response to the Ukraine conflict and helped keep Greece in the eurozone. Over the years, Greeks have burned her effigy and eastern nations have blamed her for the flood of migrants, but Germany’s economic dominance combined with the weakness of Merkel’s counterparts have left her without rivals for the nickname “Queen of Europe”.

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