While the US is deciding whether Obama or Romney would be the best American leader for the next four years, I’d like to give a shout-out to someone who has served their country well for years — Angela Merkel of Germany. Today Germany is the strongman of Europe. Merkel is taking a lot of criticism for how she is handling the Euro crisis, including today as she visits Greece, according to the NYT. On the other hand, she gets criticized at home for being too lenient in handing out German cash to the poor countries of Europe. She has become one of the most important politicians on the world stage, eclipsing to some extent Obama, Cameron, Hollande, even Putin and the Chinese. She has helped make Germany prosperous at home in difficult circumstances. Germany probably been the most exemplary country showing that it is possible to have good wages and full employment in a globally competitive world. Good for her.