For years, Angela Merkel’s opponents have marvelled at the German chancellor’s seemingly unerring sense of the national mood.

But it has emerged that Mrs Merkel’s office has been conducting secret opinion polls and using them to shape government policy.

The chancellor’s office commissioned more than 600 opinion polls between 2009 and 2013, according to a report in Spiegel magazine – and no one outside a closely guarded circle knew about them until now.

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