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Possible far-left comeback sends ripples through German politics
Possible far-left comeback sends ripples through German politics

The verdant fields, once covered with bustling farms, are now only dotted with them. Factories pop up every few miles, but mostly as faded husks of their 20th century selves. Thuringia has the decided feel of a state lagging behind in the economic powerhouse that is modern Germany. On the serene streets of Erfurt, the state capital, many people are worn out. They are fatigued by a quarter of a century of rule under Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democratic Union; by an economy that, with an unemployment rate several percentage points higher and wages lower than the national averages, never seems to live up to its promise; by their nation's involvement for more than a...

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