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Germany’s Gathering Storm

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 The ground is shaking beneath Chancellor Angela Merkel, with the far-right Alternative für Deutschland now in the Bundestag and the Social Democrats determined not to join a new grand coalition. Merkel now faces the thorny task of forming a government with the Greens and the Free Democrats as she starts to address the problems of a domestic economy grown complacent, and a Europe desperate for renewal.

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