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Elmar Brok is the longest-serving lawmaker in the European Parliament, a member of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU) who's known her personally for nearly three decades.Brok said Brussels has nothing to worry about, joking that the FDP and the Greens fight over which party is MORE pro-European.Brok is neither apathetic nor apoplectic about the CDU being down by 8.5 percent of the vote it received in 2013, but he notes that's just a bit lower than the results in 2005 and 2009 and still leaves the CDU in the top spot; "13 percent ahead of the second party ... an incredible margin". Merkel's CDU ally, the Christian Social Union (CSU) dropped 10 percent, its worst showing in memory. And the CDU/CSU's coalition partner, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) led by Merkel challenger and former European Parliament President Martin Schulz suffered its worst election result since World War II, announcing it would go into opposition.Brok calls this upending a "protest" after a dozen years of CDU/CSU/SPD dominance. The next order of business for Germany, Brok says, is to make a post-Brexit EU stronger, which he says is not up to Merkel alone.
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