Germany has been in a holding pattern since September 24, when citizens voted in a general election where the big centre-right and centre-left blocs underperformed badly. And when Germany's in a holding pattern, Europe's in a holding pattern. Why is a nation that boasts near-full employment and robust growth finding it so hard to form a government? Is this Angela Merkel's last chance?
Produced by Charles WENTE, Alessandro XENOS, Van MEGUERDITCHIAN.
Elisabeth HUMBERT DORFMULLER
Member of the SPD
Columnist, Economic Alternatives
Research Director, D|Part Think Tank
Editor of Die Zeit