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Angela Merkel’s Endgame?

The collapse of coalition negotiations has left German Chancellor Angela Merkel facing a stark choice between forming a minority government or new elections. But would a minority government necessarily be as bad as Germans have traditionally thought?

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The Chimera of Franco-German Reform

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In the past month, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and French President Emmanuel Macron have both unveiled ambitious visions for Europe's future. But both leaders' reform agendas will require the buy-in of a German electorate that is moving in the opposite direction.

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