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"A Dark Day for Democracy" Aftershocks Continue After Germany's Massive Political Earthquake

Last week, a state parliament in Germany voted in a new government with the help of the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany party. The historical parallels are disturbing and the political repercussions are still being felt days later. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Björn Höcke is the head of the state chapter of the Alternative for Germany in Thuringia.

Björn Höcke is the head of the state chapter of the Alternative for Germany in Thuringia.

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On Monday, CDU party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer became the first politician to step down as result of the political crisis triggered by last Wednesday's vote.

On Monday, CDU party chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer became the first politician to step down as result of the political crisis triggered by last Wednesday's vote.

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CDU state chapter head Mike Mohring: Members of his party faction say he had no strategy.

CDU state chapter head Mike Mohring: Members of his party faction say he had no strategy.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel described Wednesday's developments as "unforgivable,” "a bad day for democracy” that must be reversed.

Chancellor Angela Merkel described Wednesday's developments as "unforgivable,” "a bad day for democracy” that must be reversed.

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