Germans on the Eve of the Election 'I've Never Seen So Much Hate'

Psychologist Stephan Grünewald has spent much of his career studying Germans. In a new study, he looked at current political attitudes and discovered raw emotions ahead of the upcoming election.
Protesters greeting Chancellor Angela Merkel in the city of Quedlinburg in August 2017.

Protesters greeting Chancellor Angela Merkel in the city of Quedlinburg in August 2017.

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Stephan Grünewald, 56, wrote the bestseller "Deutschland auf der Couch" ("Germany on the Couch") and heads the Reingold Institute in Cologne, a specialized market research institute.

Stephan Grünewald, 56, wrote the bestseller "Deutschland auf der Couch" ("Germany on the Couch") and heads the Reingold Institute in Cologne, a specialized market research institute.

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