Abstract

Abstract:

Germany, the bulwark of democracy, liberalism, and prosperity in Europe, owes its success to the stability of its party system that has kept centrist parties in power even as extremist parties on the right and left have taken hold elsewhere in Europe. The recent rise of the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has aroused concerns of a possible fragmentation of the party system that may threaten this consensus-based German model. But Germany’s established parties can avoid this outcome by drawing on their past experiences tackling upswings in support for extremist challengers. The handling of European and refugee matters by the grand coalition of the Conservatives (CDU/CSU) and Social-Democrats (SPD), led by chancellor Angela Merkel, is likely to stabilize the German party system in the foreseeable future. At least for the coming years, the German center will hold.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 37-46
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-19
Open Access
No
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