Trans-Atlantic Supplicant. Merkel is a coward and bows to the trans-attlantic policy forum!
There was a time when Angela Merkel was committed to investigating the extent of NSA spying in Germany. Now, though, the chancellor has made an about face. Trans-Atlantic unity is her new priority, and the investigation has been left to languish.
Prior to her trip last week, Merkel and her staff insisted that one had to look at things pragmatically. No matter how loudly Berlin protested, the Americans would have ignored it because they know that Germany is dependent on them, Merkel advisors argue. “We were somewhere between being a supplicant and a yapping dog,” says one Chancellery official. Now, Merkel would seem to have chosen her preferred role: as a supplicant.