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No favourable winds for Brussels

By Uwe Optenhögel / 8 December, 2017

This could not have been the way in which European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker imagined the elections in Germany would turn out. After, from a Brussels perspective, we had got through the Dutch and French elections better than many had expected, Brussels would have preferred a continuation of the...

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German Elections: Why did the Progressives fare badly and why did the AfD do so well?

By Christian Odendahl / 7 November, 2017

The major shock in the German elections was that the right wing populist party Alternative für Deutschland won nearly 13% of the vote whilst the centre right CDU/CSU and the centre left SPD lost considerable ground compared to the 2013 elections. In an interview with the Progressive Post, Christian Odendahl...

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The SPD after the federal election in 2017

By Fedor Ruhose / 30 October, 2017

The SPD has lost the fight against Angela Merkel and her CDU for the fourth time in a row. The worst result since the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany has a new element to it even for crisis-hardened social democrats. The party must look at the causes of...

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