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The fracturing of Germany's post-war political consensus

Surprising surge in popularity of Greens and a blue-haired vlogger, at the expense of mainstream conservatives and social democrats, has implications for EU as well.

ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

LONDON • At first glance, the political omens look good for Europe. Most of the continent has just held elections for the Parliament of the European Union and, contrary to gloomy predictions, turnout actually went up, indicating that Europeans are not as alienated from their institutions as critics like to suggest.

The European elections also confounded predictions. Extremist parties gained a few extra votes but did not do anywhere near as well as expected.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline 'The fracturing of Germany's post-war political consensus'. Print Edition | Subscribe