The election is billed as epochal. The country in question is large, rich and important. The issues are huge. With these ingredients, you’d expect a high-minded clash of big ideas, wouldn’t you? A stark choice between competing answers to historic problems. A debate about the right direction for the coming generation.
Alas, Germany is instead snoozing toward its federal election on Sep. 26. So far, the campaign is not only underwhelming, banal and disappointing, it’s a disgrace for a self-respecting democracy.