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None of the established West German parties have offered East Germans anything besides silent assimilation
By Katja Hoyer
Can Annalena Baerbock and her centrist party regain momentum?
The opposition in Belarus has long complained that the Lukashenko regime can survive because of western economic support
Germany clearly has a far-right problem. But there is evidence, too, of a growing far-left and Islamist extremism
The appeal of the German Greens lies in their centrism
Armin Laschet personifies the blandness and lack of ideas that Germans are beginning to resent
She hails from the closest thing the European Union has to an aristocracy
To an increasingly frustrated public, the ruling parties in the capital look tired and devoid of ideas
Germany’s growing extremism problem
Failing upwards: the story of Ursula von der Leyen
Germany’s Belarus blindspot
Why Merkel’s party is backing a political lightweight to replace her
Why the far-right flourishes in East Germany
Support for Merkel’s party is crumbling
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