Germany’s Election Could Upend European Politics

Three election posters show the top candidates for chancellor in Germany’s upcoming elections: the SPD’s Olaf Scholz, left, the CDU’s Armin Laschet, center, and the Greens’ Annalena Baerbock, in Frankfurt, Sept. 15, 2021 (AP photo by Michael Probst).
Three election posters show the top candidates for chancellor in Germany’s upcoming elections: the SPD’s Olaf Scholz, left, the CDU’s Armin Laschet, center, and the Greens’ Annalena Baerbock, in Frankfurt, Sept. 15, 2021 (AP photo by Michael Probst).
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