A disassembled election billboard of Martin Schulz, leader of Germany's Social Democratic Party. The SPD won only 20 percent of the vote in Germany's Sept. 24 federal elections.
This weekend, Angela Merkel won a fourth term as Germany's chancellor. Entering into her 13th year in the position, she is now one of the longest-serving leaders in postwar German and European history. The anticipated victory of her party, the Christian Democratic Union, and its Bavarian ally, the Christian Social Union, reflects the steadiness and predictability that the German electorate has traditionally prized. But the elections' results are more unsettling for those who view Germany as a beacon of the cautious, progressive conservatism that has characterized Merkel's rule for over a decade....
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