News Digest Item
15 May 2017

“The Schulz effect RIP”

The Economist

While the state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia were largely decided on local factors, “in more ways than one this was a dry run for the general election,” writes Jeremy Cliffe in a blog article for The Economist. “Thrusting social reformism went up against technocratic stability. [Conservative Chancellor Angela] Merkel went up against [the Social Democrat’s federal frontrunner Martin] Schulz,” writes Cliffe. The ‘Schulz effect’ was “officially dead. It is an ex-effect,” according to Cliffe.

Read the article in English here.

See the CLEW factsheet Facts on the German state elections in North Rhine-Westphalia and the article Coal exit: elephant in the room at vote in German industry heartland for background.

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