This month’s edition of the Germany Brief examines the outcome of the regional elections in Schleswig-Holstein and North Rhine-Westphalia this month and their implications for the German Federal Elections in September 2017. In contrast to the earlier bounce effect for the Social Democratic Party (SPD) of the nomination of Martin Schulz as its candidate for Chancellor, the outcome of these regional elections paint a bleaker picture for that party’s aspirations. The brief also analyses the party conferences of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and Alternative für Deutschland (AfD). It concludes with a review of Chancellor Merkel’s remarks prior to the Special European Council in April 2017 on Brexit and the ongoing tensions between Germany and Turkey.
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