Schroeder the little Caesar
An outright victory of Angela Merkel would have given a boost to the Polish right before the elections in Poland: a vibrant German economy is in everybody’s interest and Schroeder’s cozy relationship with Putin does not please the Poles.
In fact, it could well be the other way around. Merkel will benefit from the political shift in Poland as the dry “no comment” from Schroeder seem to suggest.
His rigid initial stance prompted growing criticism in the German media -- he even was compared to a modern-day megalomaniac Roman emperor.
Before he damages himself and the party he will have to give way in the fight for the Chancellor seat.