Her Christian Democrat campaign team spokesman greeted her as “the most powerful woman in the world”, and as a black-trouser-suited Angela Merkel bestrode the ornate Kaiser Wilhelm-era hall in Bad Kreuznach’s premier spa hotel, the more than 800 party faithful present seemed to be falling over themselves to applaud this verbal accolade.
The results of “Super Tuesday”, when a clutch of US states voted to choose the two parties' nominees, have seriously ironed out both the Republican and Democratic primary campaigns. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored major gains, and their rivals are now fully on the ropes. It may be that the campaigns are finally stabilising after a truly wild start to the primaries.
There’s a housing crisis engulfing the UK, and London is at its epicentre. In his recent vow to regenerate over 100 so-called “sink estates”, David Cameron would have us understand that public housing has failed: that the result is poor people, living in poorly designed homes, that were poorly managed. But this version of history is not definitive - nor even particularly accurate.