Merkel is lucky that the bar for "worst German leader ever" is really high.

That's funny. This, however, is sad:
US productivity grew at a better-than -expected annual rate of 3.6% in the first quarter of 2010, figures show.

Separate figures also showed that applications for jobless benefits dropped for a third week in a row.

The US economy has been growing since last summer, but firms have been reluctant to take workers back on.

Instead they are pushing smaller workforces to produce more, which has increased productivity - measured as the amount of output per hour of work.

Less are working more for more or less the same.