This policy brief discusses how despite the fact that many commentators have seen the German elections as mostly uneventful, its outcome could potentially result in important changes for the EU and the Eurozone. As of now Chancellor Angela Merkel and the CDU/CSU parties are leading in opinion polls by a wide margin, making her fourth mandate as German Chancellor seemingly a foregone conclusion. However, this paper argues that there are two primary variables to watch: (1) what coalition will emerge from the polls and (2) how the junior party (or parties) in the coalition will weigh on the role of the Finance Minister, a position that is key for future policies towards a more unified Europe.
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