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This is a development that's symmetric to the SPD and the left. The splintering that happened a decade ago with the SPD and Linkspartei is now mirrored by a splintering on the right between CDU and AfD. Merkel used to be lauded for perenially marginalizing the SPD by taking huge chunks of the center by adopting some center-left positions. However, that boa constrictor strategy left her party vulnerable on the right flank. She'll probably be remembered for bringing a permament division into her own camp, more than for finishing off the SPD.

Schengen is toast!
by epochepoque on Mon Sep 5th, 2016 at 07:59:31 PM EST

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