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Two things are taken for granted in German politics. First, that there is no realistic alternative to Chancellor Angela Merkel, and second, that the only possible government after the Social Democrats went over to the opposition is a black-yellow-green (Jamaican) coalition of the CDU/CSU, Free Democrats and Greens. But what if neither of these propositions is true?
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
The CDU swept three regional elections in Germany because local candidates got back in touch with traditional Christian values. That augurs well for the September general elections, provided Chancellor Angela Merkel doesn't ignore the message.
Western civilization again
entered a dangerous period of disarray. It is weakened internally by
overindulgence and self-doubt, and besieged by forces hostile to its bedrock
values of liberty and tolerance. The West can reverse the decline, though, by
resolutely returning to its Christian roots.
David Alton, Lord Alton of Liverpool
Recent polls indicate that more Swedes now want their country to join Nato than those who want it to remain outside the alliance. In the Swedish political landscape, this represents something of an earthquake, upsetting a traditional consensus on non-alignment. And it is the obvious result of mounting pressures from Russia. But Nato membership is likely far off – a...
Professor Stefan Hedlund