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Germany: The Next Stop in the Campaign for Europe's Future

Jun 20, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
People walk past election campaign posters featuring Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel (R) and Social Democratic Party (SPD).
People walk past election campaign posters featuring Germany's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel (R) and Social Democratic Party (SPD).
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The first quarter of 2017 had the Dutch elections. The second had the French elections. The main political event in Europe during the third quarter will be general elections in Germany. But unlike the previous votes, the German elections scheduled for Sept. 24 do not pose an immediate threat to the political and economic status quo in the eurozone, mainly because German Euroskeptics are weak, and moderate political parties are likely to remain in power. However, the German elections will be just as crucial for the future of the European Union. The next administration in Berlin will play a decisive role in shaping delayed political, economic and institutional decisions in the bloc....

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