Photo Gallery: An Earthquake in German Politics
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Photo Gallery: An Earthquake in German Politics

Crumbling Big-Tent Parties German Politics Enters Era of Instability

Germany's big-tent parties have ensured political stability for decades. But they are rapidly losing power and influence. The Social Democrats are witnessing an open rebellion against party leadership while many conservatives are beginning to doubt Merkel's abilities. By DER SPIEGEL Staff