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More than five months after Germany's federal election last September, a new grand coalition government – comprising Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union, and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) – has finally been formed.One might argue that it is good for democracy that Merkel's coalition has shrunk.Though it is the largest party, it has relatively fewer government posts than the SPD, with no CDU Cabinet minister hailing from eastern Germany, an AfD stronghold.Unlike the CDU, whose members will soon feel short-changed, the SPD has rediscovered the virtues of internal democracy, which revealed a significant disconnect between the party's leadership and its base. Both the CDU and the SPD face a shrinking electoral base and a falling supply of leadership cadres. As a result, both parties and their coalition will become increasingly unstable over time, a trend that would be accelerated by their poor performance in the 2019 European Parliament election, not to mention in Germany's upcoming state and local elections.
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