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The most ominous manifestation of this tendency can be found in Germany's Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union.The CDU/CSU's weak showing in last year's parliamentary election, combined with the unprecedented gains by the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD), has created new schisms within the party grouping.Defending its right flank against the AfD has thus become the CSU's foremost concern.To that end, the CSU's longtime leader Horst Seehofer has already set a new populist tone for the party.At the same time, the AfD has lost political ground on which to criticize Seehofer and the CSU. And Seehofer has remained on the offensive.One result of Seehofer's pitched struggle with Merkel and the German political establishment is that the other government party, the Social Democrats, has all but disappeared from view.But, whether he realizes it or not, the AfD will be the natural beneficiary of any government blunders, given that it is now the largest opposition party in the Bundestag.Still, even if Seehofer's populist gambit fails, he has already succeeded in pulling the government to the right.
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