In the NYT, Anna Sauerbrey writes on “Germany and the Age of Political Absolutism”.
“The collapse of coalition talks shows how much the far right has changed its politics,” reads the byline as seen from the NYT homepage.
Also from the piece:
Germany’s fear of political instability goes deep. For many, the AfD’s entrance into the Bundestag brings to mind the dark shadow of the Weimar Republic, its disastrous collapse and all that followed. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung has featured a series of German historians mining the parallels between the 1920s and ’30s and today: Back then, a divided political spectrum and a splintered left, with extremism on both sides, created a run of minority governments and a perception of political chaos, all of which made Nazi authoritarianism look like an attractive alternative.