The beginning of the end for Angela Merkel. On Sunday, elections were held in central Germany’s Hesse state, where the German chancellor’s Christian Democratic Union party received just 27 percent of the vote – a 10 percent decline since the last election and the first time since 1970 that the CDU earned less than 36 percent of the vote in Hesse. The Social Democratic Party lost ground too, tying the Green Party for second place at roughly 20 percent. The nationalist Alternative for Germany party, having increased its voter share by 9 percent, finished with about 13 percent. Merkel subsequently announced that she would not seek re-election as the head of the CDU, making it all but inevitable that her current term as chancellor, which expires in 2021, will be her last. It is the end of an era, and, in typical fashion, Merkel is hoping to end it on her own terms. It’s unclear whether her announcement will be enough for her opponents to let her do so uncontested. What is clear is
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