The time of über-pragmatism has ended

One day after German coalition talks faltered on November 19, the New York Times takes a first look at the reasons that caused the arguably “greatest crisis of [Angela Merkel’s] career.” Quoting Henrik Enderlein, Director of the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, this moment is part of a wider transition of the German party system, changing “from a very stable proportional system to something more messy.” Against this backdrop, says Enderlein, Merkel’s centrist and consensus-oriented style of policy-making has lost its unifying appeal: “Her über-pragmatism is reaching its end. […] It’s hard to see a scenario where she returns to her previous position of power.”

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