1. Exquisite Tweets from @AlbertoNardelli, @alanbeattie, @JeremyCliffe

    PreoccupationsCollected by Preoccupations

    On the bad "end of Merkel" punditry there is an important point: many assumed the chancellor would fall because she was open to refugees

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    AlbertoNardelli

    Alberto Nardelli

    The assumption among many pundits was that being open to refugees (ie helping people fleeing war) was a negative that voters wouldn't accept

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    AlbertoNardelli

    Alberto Nardelli

    It is above all German voters that have proven those pundits, and their assumptions, wrong.

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    AlbertoNardelli

    Alberto Nardelli

  2. Do you think it was a net +ve (in which case why did she back off and apologise?), or neutral, or she is so popular the -ve didn't matter?

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  3. She didn't apologise for taking refugees - two days ago in NRW m.rp-online.de/nrw/staedte/du… - she said DE could have been better prepared

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    AlbertoNardelli

    Alberto Nardelli

    I think her popularity, and a media more grounded in facts, helped her to get the argument across, and win it + solutions (numbers down)

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    AlbertoNardelli

    Alberto Nardelli

  4. I'd say it's broadly neutral with some specific negatives (on security, integration) which the CDU has closed off.

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    JeremyCliffe

    Jeremy Cliffe

  5. Fair enough that was too sweeping - apologised for the way it was conducted, I should have said.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie

  6. ie no apologies for the original decision + sunny Merkel-ish stuff on integration + tough talk (by others) on deportations, identity etc

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    JeremyCliffe

    Jeremy Cliffe

  7. It's just not comparable though: in UK you've had a decade of anti-migrant headlines. Just imagine if the UK had a fraction of 1m refugees

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    AlbertoNardelli

    Alberto Nardelli

  8. Nothing is comparable to the UK press on refugees and immigrants.

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    alanbeattie

    Alan Beattie