Angela Merkel’s longevity masks the disintegration of Germany’s political center

February 18, 2018

Right now, Germans are preparing to welcome a new government. However, it will be an administration nobody really wants. And that includes most of its own prospective ministers.


MUNICH – The economic data is staggeringly positive. Strong annual growth, a huge budget surplus and close to full employment. And even Berlin, the much-maligned “poor but sexy” capital city is finally prosperous. So how come Germany’s two main establishment political parties were barely able to cobble together half of the vote, between them, in last year’s federal election?

Even though the financial data suggests Germans have rarely had it so good, the CDU/CSU and the SPD, collectively, lost 105 seats last September. And many of those benches are now occupied by members of the AFD (Alternative For Germany), a nationalist party which is set to become the principal opposition to yet another “grand coalition.”


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