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    ...Merkel has steered her conservative party to the political middle by allowing gay marriages, introducing a women’s quota for corporate boards and banning nuclear energy. All of which rendered conservative voters somewhat homeless. A lot has been said about the German elections and how boring it is to have an incumbent leading the opinion polls by a margin of 10 to 15 percent ahead of her main contender. While Chancellor Angela Merkel is all set to win her fourth term in office in the German parliamentary elections on Sunday, the upcoming four years will be all but boring – even if the majority of Germans might wish so. As the campaigns come down the stretch, polls are suggesting that the number of voters who are unhappy with Merkel’s coalition government, consisting of her Christian Democratic Party (CDU), its Bavarian sister party (CSU) and the Social Democrats (SPD) has grown. ...

    Indian Express on Sept. 23, 2017, 7:07 p.m.

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    ...Reuters/Christian Hartmann More than a sigh of relief went through the capitals of Europe when it became clear on Sunday evening that the next French President will be Emmanuel Macron – and not Marine Le Pen. A victory of the right-wing populist candidate, who scared the European Union (EU) with “Frexit” would have marked the end of the European project as we know it and possibly thrown the old continent into chaos. But the French voters decisively stopped the ascent of Le Pen and her Front National, just as earlier this year Austrian and the Dutch voters did not equip right-wing populist candidates and their parties with majorities. The populist tsunami that started with the election of Donald Trump in the United States stopped at the Atlantic – for now. ...

    Indian Express on May 8, 2017, 5:14 p.m.