Moderates, Squeezed, Fight for Political Survival on Both Sides of the Atlantic

German Interior Minister and Christian Social Union chairman Horst Seehofer attends a press conference at party headquarters, Munich, Germany, Oct. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).
German Interior Minister and Christian Social Union chairman Horst Seehofer attends a press conference at party headquarters, Munich, Germany, Oct. 15, 2018 (AP photo by Matthias Schrader).
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Last weekend’s state elections in Germany’s reliably conservative region of Bavaria smashed a tradition that had endured since the end of World War II and reinforced a trend that is spreading across the world in this tumultuous political age. In country after country, moderates are getting squeezed while parties advocating a less conciliatory approach on both the right and the left make gains. Bavarian voters refused to give a majority to the center-right Christian Social Union, or CSU, the sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, the CDU. In keeping with the emerging pattern, voters punished the CSU […]

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