Thursday 22 February 2018

Leaders have to restore faith

Yesterday the European crisis came close to Chancellor Angela Merkel's door when her party, the Christian Democrats, suffered a devastating defeat in the North Rhine-Westphalia state elections.

These were no ordinary elections.

The states have considerable independent powers in the German federal system. North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populous state, and is of immense economic importance. When Dusseldorf speaks, Germany listens.

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