Darrell Delamaide’s Political Capital: Merkel’s government may get a fresh new partner

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Christian Lindner, chairman of the Free Democratic Party, could bring some fresh ideas to the German government after the elections next month.

It is virtually certain that Angela Merkel will get a fourth term as German chancellor after national elections next month, but that simple fact masks an important shift in German politics that could push her toward more business-friendly policies and a change of course on Europe.

The right-of-center Free Democratic Party, under its young and charismatic chairman, Christian Lindner, is poised to make a comeback after its crushing loss in 2013 and reclaim its decades-long role as the junior coalition partner of choice.

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