Wed, 21 February 2018
Angela Merkel has said it: her 4th term as Germany’s Chancellor will be her last and she intends to serve the full 4 years. But 6 months after she won election, she still needs to form a government. That depends on half a million members of her partners in a “Grand Coalition,” The Social Democratic Party. Will they approve another 4 years playing second fiddle? If they don’t, Merkel says she’ll call a new election in which the far right anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany Party is expected to grow in votes and power. Madeleine Schwartz of the NY Review of Books is living in Berlin.