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Will Germany Lead?

Angela Merkel will form her fourth government after the Social Democrats decisively approved joining a new grand coalition. But is Germany ready to take the helm in Europe, or will Merkel continue to be cowed by domestic political constraints?

France's President Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel JOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images
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