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The politics of dominance: Don't take it to the limit, says Han Fook Kwang

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's victory in the recent elections made headlines around the world because her party's winning margin was much reduced due to the gains of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party. For Singaporeans though, the more peculiar feature of the result might be that her party won only 33 per cent of the votes and would need a coalition with others to form the government. That has been a hallmark of German politics for decades. Yet, despite not winning a majority, Chancellor Merkel is now into her fourth term in office and is widely regarded as the leader of the Western world, after United States President Donald Trump was unofficially stripped of the title because of his inward-looking "America First" policy. Under her leadership, Germany has strengthened its position as one of the strongest economies in the world and demonstrated forthrig...

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