Angela Merkel, who does not like giving interviews, grants one to Der Spiegel. The results are, in a very low-key way, comically combative on both sides of the microphone. Being Chancellor has not worked out the way the quiet, tough-as-nails East German technocrat wanted. But she defends her record down the line. One gets the distinct impression Merkel and Stephen Harper would have a lot to chat about, if either was chatty.