German Elections and Modern Campaign Techniques

Authored by: Marco Althaus

Routledge Handbook of Political Management

Print publication date:  August  2008
Online publication date:  March  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415962254
eBook ISBN: 9780203892138
Adobe ISBN: 9781135897499

10.4324/9780203892138.ch22

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Abstract

The scene is familiar. The Germans have been getting tired of the chancellor of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He is still respected as a reliable, experienced patriarch not fond of experimentation. But he has been in office so long even his own party tends to think he is over the hill. An old-school politician with limited charm, a stubborn conservative grandfather, few observers think he fits the modern times.

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