'Americanization of Politics' State Vote to Highlight Germany's New Political Landscape

This Sunday's state election in North Rhine-Westphalia will put Germany's new political landscape in the spotlight. A multitude of parties is making it more difficult to form governing coalitions and a growing focus on personalities has analysts speaking of the 'Americanization' of German politics.
Norbert Röttgen, the CDU candidate for governor in North Rhine-Westphalia, faces an uphill battle against opponent Hannelore Kraft of the SPD.

Norbert Röttgen, the CDU candidate for governor in North Rhine-Westphalia, faces an uphill battle against opponent Hannelore Kraft of the SPD.

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