Viktor Orban

Merkel's challenge

Merkel's challenge

German Chancellor Angela Merkel easily won a fourth term in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, but that doesn’t mean she can expect smooth sailing over the next four years. On the contrary, the simultaneous rise of a right-wing political movement adamantly opposed to the liberal democratic order Ms. Merkel stands for has shaken up German politics more thoroughly than at any time during the previous seven decades. She has got her work cut out for her.

The parliamentary waters Ms. Merkel must navigate have been unexpectedly roiled by the surprising third-place showing of the radical Alternative for Germany party, which waged a relentless campaign criticizing Ms. Merkel’s handling of...

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