September 27, 2021
General News

After Elections, Germany Faces a Post-Merkel Future

It’s almost hard to believe that Germany is currently in the middle of a national election. Although the campaign season is in its heiße Phase, or “hot phase,” reminders of the looming vote are rare and subtle: unobtrusive posters and billboards of candidates and a few lingering canvassers. Even in normal times, Germany has strict laws on how and when a party can campaign—but the coronavirus pandemic has reduced the volume even more, moving much of the voter outreach online. The calm even prompted one German newspaper, Die Welt, to run a headline asking, “Is this the most boring federal election ever?

But once you get past the banal subtleties of contemporary German politics, the seismic shifts underway become clear. On Sept. 26, voters will select their representatives for the Bundestag, the country’s parliament, and the winning coalition will replace…

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