A Weakening Center
The results of Sunday’s state elections in Germany show that the country’s political system has entered a new phase marked by increased fragmentation and fluidity. The post-war, catch-all parties are losing their appeal in the middle of the political spectrum as they become more and more indistinguishable from each other. Meanwhile events are making strange bedfellows, with newfangled coalitions developing on the state level. The states of Sachsen-Anhalt, Baden Wuerttemburg, and Rhineland-Palatinate are not very similar to each other, but with record turnouts indicating that voter passions are running hot, their votes should serve as a warning to Berlin when national elections take place next year.
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