Germany at a crossroads: the gathering crisis sharpens

Alister Miskimmon*, William E. Paterson, James Sloam

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In our book, The Gathering Crisis: The 2005 Federal Election and the Grand Coalition (Miskimmon et al, 2009), we argued that the German political and economic systems faced a number of serious challenges. The resource crunch in public finances has been particularly problematic in a country used to consensus politics- money had previously been used to oil the wheels of German federalism (and European integration). In the light of recent events- the global financial crisis, the Eurozone crisis, the 2009 federal election- we claim that the crisis in the German political economy has sharpened. The task of Angela Merkel and subsequent chancellors will be to navigate the new era, ensuring that Germany remains a leading political and economic power in the European Union and beyond. © 2010 Macmillan Publishers Ltd.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-504
Number of pages14
JournalComparative European Politics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Angela Merkel
  • financial crisis
  • German economy
  • German politics
  • Grand Coalition
  • reform


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