Tue 20 Dec 2016 / Europe
Attack threatens Merkel's liberal position
Monday's attack on Berlin was highly symbolic, even more so than the recent incidents in the provinces, which were horrific episodes. The morning after was dominated by fear, fever, and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s attempt to maintain control of public opinion with sober words, but she has failed to reassure the nation. The social contract is being shattered by terrorism and the uncertain response of governments past and present.