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What can we expect from this year’s German elections?

The main political challenge may come from the mainstream left, not the populist right

By Nicholas Wright  

Martin Schulz ©Oliver Dietze/DPA/PA Images

Over the last 12 months, populist anger on both sides of the Atlantic has seen insurgent forces turn the established order on its head. Both the UK’s vote to leave the European Union and the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States defied the predictions of pollsters and have ushered in a period of political fluidity, instability and uncertainty.

With presidential and general elections due this year in France, the Netherlands and Germany, the question…

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