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Merkel’s victory: The rise of Extremism in the world

 

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives beat their rivals on Sunday to win her a fourth term in an election that will brought a far-right party into Germany’s parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

 

 

After shock election results last year, from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union to the election of President Donald Trump, many look to Merkel to rally a bruised liberal Western order tasking her with leading a post-Brexit Europe.

 

 

Where Emmanuel Macron’s twin decisive victories in France earlier this year, the presidential election in May and the legislative elections in June, had seemed to suggest that the rise of populism, nationalism and anti-immigration in Western democracies may have stalled, the German election has reasserted its importance. 

 

 

Worrying too is the rise of authoritarian figures in many parts of the world. US President Donald Trump, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Turkish President Recep Erdogan, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Russian President Vladmir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban are a diverse group with very different agendas and politics — but all appear to believe in strong states that are bristling with military power directed at perceived external enemies.

 

 

At the start of her first term as chancellor nearly 12 years ago, Ms Merkel may not have imagined she would win four consecutive terms and certainly could not have expected to become the de facto leader of progressive Western thought in a changing world order. The financial crisis of 2008 and a wave of refugees from a dangerously unstable Middle East appear to have triggered latent impulses in the politics of many countries.

 

 

With her progressive agenda, Ms Merkel must resist that tide and help re-establish the world’s belief in more inclusive, people-oriented systems of governance. It will not be easy, but Ms Merkel’s resolve and personal standing may help.

 

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