Germany’s Political Center Needs to Hold

Posted on December 5, 2017

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The crisis over government formation in Berlin has raised to the possibility of fresh elections in Germany, and the ripple effect of instability in the European Union. Germany held elections last September.

The breakdown in talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and potential partners has dealt a blow to a time-tested post-War model of political compromise and consensus building.

The proof of the efficiency of the German consensus model lay in solidifying the political centre-ground.

The need for a strong middle ground could not be greater than it is at this point in time.

Recently the Netherlands and France averted political instability.

America has failed in achieving compromise and consensus building in Washington.

The outcome in Germany had appeared to be a foregone conclusion. Perhaps not.

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