Merkel Has a Mandate. But What's Her Vision?

German Chancellor and Christian Democratic Union CDU chancellor candidate Angela Merkel holds flowers while being applauded after the first exit polls results were released at the CDU headquarters in Berlin, on September 22 Photograph by Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images

On the stump, Angela Merkel hammered on the importance of European unity. “We want a strong Europe, a successful Europe,” she said in an election-eve speech. “Stabilization in Europe is in the fundamental interest of Germans.”

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