Merkel Seen Defying Populists to Keep Calm and Carry On for 2017

September 4, 2016 10:29 PM

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Angela Merkel’s humiliation in her political home state provides further evidence to her opponents that Germany’s first female chancellor has had her day. It may instead make her more likely to run for a fourth term.

The Alternative for Germany, or AfD, capitalized on public discontent with Merkel’s refugee policy Sunday to overtake her Christian Democrats for the first time in a state election, raising questions over her political standing ahead of the next federal ballot in the fall of 2017.

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