Schulz versus Merkel The Revitalization of Democracy in Germany

The surprise news that former European Parliament president Martin Schulz will run against Angela Merkel to become Germany's next chancellor has rekindled interest in politics in the country. After two lackluster elections in 2009 and 2013, it also fosters new hope for a liberal democracy in crisis.
Crowds have been flocking to political appearances by Martin Schulz.

Crowds have been flocking to political appearances by Martin Schulz.

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After more than 11 years on the job, Merkel is fatigued. Voters have also become tired.

After more than 11 years on the job, Merkel is fatigued. Voters have also become tired.

Foto: Virginia Mayo/ dpa