Brandenburg and Saxony elections: What can AfD achieve?

If voters deliver the far-right AfD significant state election gains in Brandenburg and Saxony on September 1. what could it mean for AfD and what repercussions in may have for the grand coalition? Read few comments.
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Who is Ursula von der Leyen?

How is a candidate for President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen perceived on the German political scene and what about her relationship with Chancellor Angela Merkel? Read few comments.

Ursula Von der Leyen, Candidate for President of the EC. Credit: http://www.BMVg.de

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What to expect in the post-Merkel era?

As Chancellor Angela Merkel is ready to step down in 2021, what does it mean for German politics, and what for European politics? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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Bavarian elections: What to expect?

According to polls in Bavaria CSU is down, Greens are up, AfD is more or less on its current standard level. What to watch in Bavarian elections, what kind of effect they might have on the coalition in Berlin? Read few comments.

German Minister of the Interior and Leader of the Christian Social Union Horst Seehofer. Credit: www.csu.de

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Is Chancellor Merkel a lame duck?

Discussion about Hans-Georg Maassen, Volker Kauder ousted as head of her party’s parliamentary group. What does it tell us about the position of Chancellor Angela Merkel? Some observers argue that she is becoming a “lame duck” and might even leave her position. Would you agree, or you see this differently? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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How will another GroKo affect SPD, Merkel, Germany, EU?

How do you read the results of SPD referendum, what do they mean for SPD, Germany and Europe? Read few comments.
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What’s next for German politics, Merkel?: End of her era?

It is probably unexpected but German coalition talks collapsed. How do you read this? Could it be even the end of Angela Merkel’s era? Read few comment.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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More of the same?: Germany’s EU politics after the election

It probably won’t be easy to quickly produce a stable governing coalition after the German election. What kind of effect it may have on the EU politics taking into account also the fact that the possible Jamaica coalition might be pretty divided on many issues? Read few comments.
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What to do with AfD?

AfD can celebrate with a great result in the East Germany and many previously non-voters on its side. No doubt the AfD will be a loud voice in the Bundestag. So how to deal with the AfD? To ostracize them? Talk to them? Something in between? Read few comments.
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Germany votes: What went right for Merkel? (at least according to polls)

According to polls it seems Angela Merkel’s CDU/CSU gets a very solid share of votes on Sunday while Martin Schulz’s SPD will be hardly satisfied. What went right for Merkel and what went wrong for Schulz in the campaign? Read few comments.

Chancellor Angela Merkel. Credit: https://www.bundeskanzlerin.de

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