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Is German politics getting interesting again?

The governing Christian Democrats may not be governing for much longer—if two recent state elections are anything to go by

By Paul Lever  

Armin Laschet: a frontrunner for chancellor—for now. Image: Alamy Stock Photo

Under Angela Merkel, the Christian Democrat Party has been in power in Germany for 16 years. It was also in power under Helmut Kohl for 16 years and under Konrad Adenauer for 14 years. Of the 72 years of the Federal Republic’s existence, 52 have been under a CDU-led government.

Until recently it looked as though this would continue after the federal election due in September this year. The party has consistently been polling around the 32-33 per cent mark: not as high as at the beginning of Merkel’s chancellorship but over 10 per cent ahead of its…

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