Gay marriage vote shows Merkel wedded to short-termism

Bundestag approves same-sex marriage as chancellor appeases party conservatives

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she voted against legalising gay marriage given her personal view that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Video: Reuters

If they make ever make Angela Merkel: the Movie, the last week will be one of the more entertaining episodes.

It began last Monday evening with an improvised one-woman comedy on the stage of Berlin’s Maxim Gorki theatre and ended on Friday with rushed speeches and frenzied applause on the Bundestag’s floor and balconies.

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