Germany’s Free Democrats stand a good chance of returning to national government after the German election next month. Polls suggest that the liberal party – “liberal” in the classical European sense, not the contemporary American one – could become the coalition partner of Chancellor Angela Merkel, thus helping her to stay in office for a fourth term. If so, the party that was kingmaker for much of postwar German history would resume this role, this time as queenmaker. For the Free Democrats, who have been in political exile since their ignominious ejection from the Bundestag in 2013, this would be a remarkable comeback.

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This article originally appeared in Handelsblatt Global on August 7, 2017.

Dr. Jackson Janes is the President of AICGS.  Follow him on Twitter @DrJJanes.

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