Kurz’s Fall Leaves Europe’s Center-Right Further Adrift

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The European People’s Party, the pan-European center-right coalition, had already lost their crown jewel when Armin Laschet, the anointed successor from Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union, or CDU/CSU, led his party to its worst defeat in history. Laschet now looks set to be exiled to the political wilderness as Germany’s conservatives prepare for a stint in the opposition, barring unforeseen circumstances that would keep the center-left Social Democratic Party, or SPD, from forming a governing coalition. The defeat in Germany’s general election was only the latest in…

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