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Germany in Limbo

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Chancellor Angela Merkel’s hopes of forming a new coalition government have been dashed by the withdrawal of the Free Democrats from talks, forcing her to resurrect the grand coalition with the Social Democrats, form a minority government, or face another general election. Project Syndicate writers reflect on the challenges Germany faces and the implications for Europe of Merkel’s weakened position.

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  1. Europe’s Crisis Starts at Home
    A man waves a European Union flag Daniel Mihalescu/Getty Images

    Europe’s Crisis Starts at Home

    Dec 4, 2017 Mark Leonard thinks the divisions that threaten EU integration are even wider within member states than between them.

  2. The Populist Tail Wagging the German Dog
    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    The Populist Tail Wagging the German Dog

    Nov 30, 2017 Sławomir Sierakowski attributes Germany's intransigence on EU reform to its economic interests in the Visegrad Group.

  3. A New Grand Coalition for Germany – and Europe
    Germany Parliament Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

    A New Grand Coalition for Germany – and Europe

    Nov 28, 2017 Jeffrey D. Sachs thinks the stakes are too high – in Europe and globally – not to reprise the previous CDU/CSU-SPD government.

  4. The Twilight of Angela Merkel
    Angela Merkel after exploratory talks on forming a new government broke down Tobias Schwarz/Getty Images

    The Twilight of Angela Merkel

    Nov 21, 2017 Philippe Legrain is worried less by the prospect of the German chancellor's political demise than about a prolonged interregnum.

  5. Germany’s Götterdämmerung
     Angela Merkel departs after preliminary coalition talks collapsed Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Germany’s Götterdämmerung

    Nov 21, 2017 Hans-Werner Sinn welcomes the prospect of a minority government, especially if genuine public debate returns to the Bundestag.

  6. The Danger of a Post-German Europe
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    The Danger of a Post-German Europe

    Nov 20, 2017 Ana Palacio implores EU countries to work actively to re-engage the bloc's reluctant leader.

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    Europe’s Carbon Border Tax Advances the Fight Against Climate Change

    Jeffrey Frankel shows how the European Union’s carbon-price mechanism could encourage other countries to follow suit.
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    Africa Can’t Prosper Without Regional Trade

    Kingsley Moghalu argues that the continent has been missing a key ingredient of robust, sustained growth.
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    Divestment from Israel Will Not Bring Peace

    Anne O. Krueger argues that meeting protesters' demand would weaken US universities – one of America’s sources of strength.
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    The US-China Trade War Heats Up

    A spate of new US tariffs on Chinese goods has raised the specter of full economic decoupling between the world’s two largest economies. For many observers, the measures are not only misguided, but also counter-productive, with the potential to undermine economic dynamism, hamper climate action, and trigger geopolitical conflict.

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    The Indian Election and the Country’s Economic Future

    Raghuram G. Rajan

    Economically, India today feels like a place of limitless possibilities. But with only a narrow window in which to grow rich before it grows old, the policy decisions it makes today will have an outsize influence on its future prospects.

    worries that the country will squander its massive potential by trying to emulate China's growth strategy.
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    How Europe Can Get the Green Deal Done

    Simone Tagliapietra proposes EU-level measures that would help offset the negative distributional effects of climate policy.
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    Reckoning With a New Authoritarian Bloc

    Joschka Fischer considers the implications of a northern Asian alliance that exists primarily to challenge American hegemony.
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    Is Europe Too Big for Further Enlargement?

    Ana Palacio warns that even if candidates meet accession criteria, decision-making processes would need to be reformed.
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    The Sino-American Trade War Benefits China’s Competitors

    Arvind Subramanian warns that escalating protectionism, while dangerous, could end up helping developing countries like India.

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