Merkel is now the Chancellor of Germany. Now, Germany is faced with it's own problems, but Merkel loves the US and it's foreign policy. You could imagine how the German people reacted to the chancellorship race (You may have been following it for a few weeks). Merkel isn't necessarily hard-line, but she is a fan of the US. The conspiracy theorists are going to have a blast with this one too. The election was won like was a US rigging, and it even has Rove's signature on the side. 49-51 type of win, hanging in the balance, etc. now that we are back in good standings with Germany - Check out what's going to happen in Iran. Just a crazy little prediction of mine. I was thinking that we were waiting for Germany's reaction and elections before moving on certain global operations. We wanted to see which side of the fence Germany ws going to be on.