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Schulz must refuse any coalition offer—for the good of Germany

Forming a government with Merkel's party would make the far-right Alternative für Deutschland the official opposition. Schulz must keep them out

By Steve Bloomfield  

"New Germans? We make them ourselves": a coalition risks making AfD the official opposition

When Martin Schulz returned to Germany to become the Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for chancellor, he probably didn’t expect it to turn out like this. Sure, an election victory was unlikely, but up against an opponent like Angela Merkel—who, while popular, was asking for a fourth term in office—the former president of the European Parliament probably thought he could give it a decent go.

And for a while, he did. Tacking left, echoing the…

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