Germany’s election casts U.S. democracy in harsh light

But unlike the United States, this weekend in Germany there was not much concern about the way the country voted, and there is general acceptance of its results. Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats fell to an all-time low, posting their worst results in the postwar era, as they watched rival Social Democrats overtake them. The leader of the Christian Democrats’ campaign, Armin Laschet, seemed resigned to defeat. “I would have preferred to be the first” Laschet said. “I understand, of course, that I have some personal responsibility for this result.”

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