The German election of 2017 has produced an unstable government
which is unlikely to offer the kind of leadership in foreign and security
policy that Europe and the larger West need in a turbulent time. Chancellor
Angela Merkel will be in a weaker position than before with the loss of key
cabinet positions to the Social Democrats and the Bavarian Christian Social
Union. Many will be looking past her as the struggle to succeed her will in -
crease. The key foreign policy agenda will include Europe and the Franco-
German relationship, Russia, Turkey and Transatlantic relations. Merkel 4.0 is
likely to be a transitional and unruly government that will bridge the end of
the Merkel era and the start of one led by a new generation of leaders.
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