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Don’t be fooled by Merkel’s aura of invincibility

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22.09.2017
Unlike the nerve-jangling elections earlier this year in the Netherlands, France and Britain, Germany’s has been notably dull. The country that invented “Sturm und Drang” is showing a distinct lack of storm and stress as Angela Merkel heads towards a fourth term as chancellor.

That seemingly inexorable outcome on Sept. 24 has raised hopes that she will push through greater integration within the euro area, in partnership with French president Emmanuel Macron, while also championing the rules-based international order that America has forsaken under Donald Trump. But Merkel will find it hard to satisfy such expectations, since she will face new political constraints at home.

A string of polls suggests that the politics of Merkel’s fourth term will be tricky. Recent findings show support for her center-right CDU party (together with the CSU in Bavaria) at around 36 percent. Because of Germany’s electoral system,........

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