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German Chancellor Angela Merkel departs in the early morning after preliminary coalition talks collapsed.  (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Germany Has Plunged Into Unprecedented Political Chaos

It’s going to be a while before Europe’s most powerful country has a stable government – and Angela Merkel probably won't be leading it.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets US President Donald Trump  prior to the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7.
Leaders of the world's top economies will gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / IAN LANGSDON        (Photo credit should read IAN LANGSDON/AFP/Getty Images)

Who Is the Real Winner in Germany?

Merkel went silent as the AfD went viral.

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 25:  (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.)  German Chancellor and Christian Democrat (CDU) Angela Merkel  speaks to the media at CDU headquater on the day after the CDU won 32.9% of the vote and a first place finish in yesterdays German federal elections on September 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany. The CDU win, which guarantees Merkel a fourth term as chancellor, is marred by the third-place finish of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD), with 12.6%. The AfD will be represented by 94 parliamentarians, the first time in post-World War II German history that a right-wing, nationalist party has made it to the Bundestag.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Many Faces of Angela Merkel

Two Merkels. Three spinning Merkels. Escher Merkels.

People hold up placards with the name of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R, on stage) as she addresses the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) rally in Bitterfeld, eastern Germany on August 29, 2017, less than a month before the September 24th general election. / AFP PHOTO / Odd ANDERSEN        (Photo credit should read ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Merkel Will Spend the Next Four Years Battling Forces at Home

Those who were hoping for a new wave of German leadership will be left waiting.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel takes her oath of office for her third term as chancellor at the Bundestag during ceremonies in which the new German government was sworn in on December 17, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The new government is a coalition between the German Christian Democrats (CDU), the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) and German Social Democrats (SPD) following federal elections held in September.

German Democracy Is Too Strong for the Far Right to Destroy

Germany appears to have resisted the siren song of the far right and far left and opted to stick with a known quantity.

Refugees protest outside the Asylum Service in Athens on September 19, 2017, to call for immediate reunifications with their families in Germany.
Refugees , living in different camps  around Athens demanded to travel at the legally provided deadline of six month. Germany has limited the families reunifications to 70  per month.  / AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI        (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Study: About 1 Million Refugees Left in Limbo in Europe Through 2016

Half of Europe’s asylum seekers in the last two years were still awaiting word on whether they could stay at the end of 2016.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her speech as she attends an electoral meeting in Delbrueck, western Germany, on September 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / dpa / Friso Gentsch / Germany OUT        (Photo credit should read FRISO GENTSCH/AFP/Getty Images)

Angela Merkel Has Everything Except a Legacy

The German chancellor has spent 12 years fending off, deterring, and patching up. But in her last term, can she build anything lasting?

BERLIN, GERMANY - JANUARY 24: German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the state funeral of the late former German President Roman Herzog at the Dom Cathedral on January 24, 2017 in Berlin.  Roman Herzog, who died at the age of 82 on January 10, 2017, served as German president from 1994 to 1999. (Photo by Max Menning-Pool/Getty Images)

The German Election Is a Christian Civil War

Germany’s far-right is saying out loud what Angela Merkel’s party has always quietly believed: that Christian culture depends on Christian demographics.  

Cars from German manufacturer Volkswagen are pictured in the port of Bremerhaven, nothern Germany, on July 24, 2017.
Daimler, BMW, and VW with its Audi and Porsche subsidiaries were all involved in the talks to agree on technology, suppliers, markets, strategies and polluting emissions, German weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported. / AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ        (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

German Car Companies Are Driving the Country Off a Cliff

"Made in Germany" used to mean reliability. Now it means collusion.

Real estate tycoon Donald Trump flashes the thumbs-up as he arrives on stage for the start of the prime time Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Global Consequences of Trump’s Incompetence

From China to the Gulf to Europe, the world's power players are moving ahead without America.

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Germans Cut Off Commerce Secretary in Mid-Speech

Video of Wilbur Ross speaking at a conference in Germany went black after he went over time.

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When Modi Met Putin

India’s prime minister is courting Russia and Germany.

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The Forever Chancellor

Angela Merkel was supposed to face a serious threat to her leadership this year. It turns out she knows Germans better than they know themselves.

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - MAY 28:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel (3rdR) inspects an insulin pen as she visits the new production facility for sterile glass vials at the Sanofi pharmaceuticals plant on May 28, 2015 in Frankfurt, Germany. Sanofi Germany generalmanager Martin Siewert, CEO of Sanofi Olivier Brandicourt and the mayor of Frankfurt Peter Feldmann (L-R) stand by side. Merkel is visiting the factory, which produces antibiotics and insulin, ahead of the upcoming G7 summit, where the global struggle against antibiotic-resistant bacteria is among topics to be discussed by G7 leaders.  (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images)

Germany Has an Arrogance Problem

One country’s moral evangelism is the rest of the world’s intolerable smugness.

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