Angela Merkel’s Vision Problem

Angela Merkel's recent announcement that she will hand over the leadership of her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) this December, and refrain from seeking another term in federal elections expected to be held in 2021, marks the beginning of the end of an era. It is only natural to wonder how Germany will change in the coming years. But in order to understand the political predicament in which Germany now finds itself, and make an educated guess as to how Merkel's departure might change the country, it is first necessary to understand the legacy she leaves behind.

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