Germany in Turmoil as 'Mini-Merkel' Resigns

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German politics have been thrown into chaos at the news that the controversial rightwing populist party, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), had influenced the results of statewide elections in the tiny province of Thuringia. Local FDP (Free Democratic Party) and CDU (Christian Democratic Union) leaders breached a longstanding ban on cooperation with the far-right by working with them to elect Thomas Kemmerich as minister-president. In doing so, the Thuringian CDU has put into focus the leadership crisis the country has been suffering from.

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