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The outcome of Germany's recent federal elections is as important as it is remarkable. The parties that have dominated German politics for years – the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Christian Democratic Union, plus its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union – all lost support at the ballot box.The CDU/CSU and SPD's inward-looking election campaigns were astonishingly parochial. When it came to the most pressing challenges confronting the European Union and the eurozone, Germany's mainstream parties were largely silent.How these issues are (or are not) addressed will define the future of Europe and Germany's position in it.By patching up small problems and avoiding the big issues, the CDU/CSU and SPD created a vacuum.An end to the CDU-SPD "grand coalition" could mean an end to political stagnation not just in Germany, but at the European level, too.Like Macron, the FDP aims to make Europe more democratic: It supports transnational candidate lists for EU-level elections, and it wants to bring European citizens closer together with democratic conventions in member states.
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