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Few people outside Germany are familiar with the caricature of themselves that many Germans hold in their minds.The only real threat, it seems, is the world outside Germany's borders.The CDU, in a War of the Roses with the CSU, can live neither with or without Merkel, while the SPD is unsure of itself and fears further political decline.Coalition agreements in Germany have always been elaborate documents of a quasi-contractual nature. The CDU/CSU and the SPD are now pursuing a grand coalition that would keep Germany roughly on the same path it has taken during the last eight years.It is thus unsurprising that, though CDU/CSU and SPD negotiators have touted the deal as a breakthrough, many, especially in the SPD, are unhappy with the outcome, with some calling for renegotiation. A minority government forced to muster coalitions of the willing to address the critical issues confronting Germany and Europe could escape the constraints of Michel's expectations, freeing German politics from party tacticians and enabling real and much-needed reform.
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