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The New German Government – A Change in Foreign Policy?


On the foreign policy front, the question is whether Merkel’s government will be an agent of status quo or an agent of change.

On Tuesday 22 November the German parliament elected Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel to the post of Chancellor. For the first time in German history a woman will head the government, and she will be the first Chancellor to have grown up under the Communist regime of the former East Germany. Merkel will lead a coalition consisting of the two major parties, the right-of-centre Christian Democrats (CDU) with her smaller sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU) and

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