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The German Decision

Germans will go to the polls on Sunday, September 24, to elect a new government. Political polls suggest that Chancellor Angela Merkel will be re-elected for a fourth-term. 

Germany, today, sits in the unique position to reaffirm some measure of global leadership continuity, via an overwhelming victory for Merkel, in light of recent isolationist actions and rhetoric from the Trump White House.

Seventy-two-years after the atrocities of the Nazis, Germany's position in 2017, stands to further emphasize that the dreaded Nazi era has long past and that the nation has made the successful evolution into a legitimate, international, humanitarian and economic powerhouse, capable of leading the world and of continuing the progressive development brand that has brought success, peace and stability to most of Europe and of the world.

Germans will vote to elect members to the 598-seat Bundestag. Merkel's party - the Christian Democratic Union(CDU), could win more seats than other parties including the Social democratic Party(SDP) led by former President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz. However, if the CDU fails to gain a majority, it could continue a coalition with the SDP or with another smaller party. It is unlikely that the CDU would entertain any unity with the Alternative for Germany(AfD) party since this smaller group represents the most right wing of Germany parties. Members of the Bundestag vote for a Chancellor.

The strength of Merkel's international reach, Germany's sound economic performance and the nation's humanitarian responsibility to hundreds of thousands of refugees, should reaffirm Merkel as Chancellor. Opposition to the Chancellor's helping-hand to many refugees should not be sufficient to derail her efforts to lead her nation and the world. Merkel in recent years has exemplary   tempered Germany's humanitarian responsibility with the reality of the opinions of fellow Germans.

Therefore, on Sunday, Merkel and her party should win the vote for the Bundestag which should then confidently re-install her as Chancellor of Germany, thus retaining some rational leadership to Germany, the European Union(EU) and the world.