Opinion Germany Doesn't Need Another Grand Coalition

Germany's grand coalition government, with its strange bedfellows marriage between Angela Merkel's conservatives and Frank-Walter Steinmeier's center-left Social Democrats, isn't doing much for the cause of democracy. That's why the SPD should consider governing together with the Left Party and the Greens.
Social Democratic Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Christian Democratic Chancellor Angela Merkel: A political marriage defined by feeble compromise

Social Democratic Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Christian Democratic Chancellor Angela Merkel: A political marriage defined by feeble compromise

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Photo Gallery: Germany Prepares for the Polls
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Photo Gallery: Germany Prepares for the Polls

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Dirk Kurbjuweit is SPIEGEL's Berlin bureau chief. Translated from the German by Paul Cohen.
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