Merkel's desire of claiming a bright star on the political walk of fame would certainly be related to her own Fukushima induced emergency turn-coat exit from Germany's future nuclear energy supply, a phase-out process completely terminated by 2022, allegedly - but who knows it exactly?
Despite her 'bulldozing' of the free-democratic junior coalition-partner, currently headed by the 38 y/o political light-weight, Phillip Roesler, and the senior "kindergarten-cop" in the Bundestag FDP-faction, Rainer Bruederle (65) to follow suit, Merkel's nuclear exit strategy is comparable to a life-threatening overtaking of the political left-of-center opposition and the business-friendly FDP over the emergency lane on a German autobahn at full speed. Such a 'reckless' behavior will normally be punished by the police and the courts - this time, it's apparently the voters who have primarily shunned the whole ConLib government, having given Merkel a 2011 state elections' score of zero wins - 4 losses and one draw, with the prospect of two possible losses ahead in fall. But the situation for the business-orientated former Westerwelle- now Roesler-FDP is even worse. Having been booted out without any seats from three out of five state assemblies (Saxony-Anhalt, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hanseatic City State of Bremen), barely having gotten seats in Baden-Wuerttemberg, the heartland of good business climate, and a measly 6.7 per cent share in Hanseatic City State of Hamburg with its important, business- and export-orientated, humming world-port area, the Liberals have been on the brink of their deadly downfall.
The current leading company, eh, Merkel government, is on the brink of disaster. With low expectations in terms of international crises' involvement and management, an austerity-obsessed stand domestically and against the PIIGS with respect to the euro currency crisis and the hysterically induced Fukushima reaction of Merkel's toward an accelerated phase-out of German-based nuclear energy production by 2022(?), this policy has been giving the notion that her downward-spiralling will soon hit the bottom with a rather hard impact.
The political landscape in Germany is about to become more eco-leftist with the majority of young people in eastern Germany closing the ranks with the former communist-socialist PDS party of Gregor Gysi's, now called The Left(ists) - Die Linke(n), and in the western part overwhemlingly streaming to the Eco-Greens of Kuenast-Trittin's.
The old traditional left-of-center, 'labour'-orientated people's party, named SPD, is on its downturn as well. A party - with now less than 500.000 members and a respective median age of 60 - has been having attrition losses to both sides, losing ground to the Leftists and Greens, and is currently hovering at 20 to 25 per cent at the polls and being threatened on the runner-up position behind Merkel's Cons of CDU/CSU by the Eco-Greens - and this despite their current state election victories in the city states of Hamburg and Bremen.
Merkel should claim her star on the political walk of fame right away - by calling snap-elections.
My recommendation: Rather make an end with quite some horror than a continuing horror policy without any end.