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The Rise of German Isolationism

The refusal of EU leaders to agree on a common solution to the refugee crisis is not just hurting the newcomers; it is also damaging the EU’s future, as it bolsters isolationist forces in Germany. The recent victory of far-right figures in Germany's regional elections should serve as a stark warning to all EU members.

BERLIN – In Germany’s recent regional elections, voters delivered a resounding rebuke to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party, the Christian Democratic Union. With an increasing number of Germans losing confidence in a European solution to the ongoing refugee crisis, calls for German isolation and unilateralism are growing louder – and far-right political forces are gaining traction.