The Enemy Within Angela Merkel's Fight to Hold on to Power

German Chancellor Angela Merkel may look set for another term in office, but her political future hinges on the election result. If her CDU party ends up having to form another grand coalition with the center-left SPD, it will spell the beginning of the end of her political career.
Von Christoph Schwennicke
Angela Merkel's main opponents during the election campaign were the economic crisis and her own party.

Angela Merkel's main opponents during the election campaign were the economic crisis and her own party.

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Photo Gallery: Angela Merkel - A Different Light on the Candidates

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Photo Gallery: Angela Merkel - A Different Light on the Candidates

Foto: Christian Thiel
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Photo Gallery: Angela Merkel - A Different Light on the Candidates

Foto: Christian Thiel
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Photo Gallery: Angela Merkel - A Different Light on the Candidates

Foto: Christian Thiel
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Photo Gallery: Angela Merkel - A Different Light on the Candidates

Foto: Christian Thiel
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan