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Good-Bye to Germany’s Angela I, Empress of Europe

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- If the U.S. is currently ruled by stalemate -- with polarized parties crippling its Founders’ checks and balances -- Germany has too much uniformity and too little contest, which is the lifeblood of democracy.

Consider the numbers in last week’s deal creating a new “grand coalition” government. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, who once billed themselves as conservatives, and the Social Democrats, left of center, will control almost 80 percent of the seats in the German parliament. Imagine what Democrats Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi would do with such a mega-majority in the U.S. Senate and House. It gets worse.